Southern lesser galagoes are polygynous, meaning that a dominant male will often mate with several different females that live inside of his territory. Mating seasons occur twice per year, with females giving birth either in January and February or October and November. Females usually produce sets of twins, and are capable of giving birth twice in a year. They build leafy nests inside of tree hollows and cavities and keep their babies inside these nests. Males do not help raise the young.
Babies are born with their eyes open and are mobile after about 11 days. The mother will hide her babies in a tangle of vegetation while she forages for food. They are weaned after about 90 days and are ready to venture out on their own when they reach sexual maturity at 9 or 10 months old.
- Practice ecotourism by being an advocate for the environment when you’re on vacation. During your travels, support, visit or volunteer with organizations that protect wildlife. Shop smart too! Avoid buying products made from animals, which could support poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
- Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade. Never release animals that have been kept as pets into the wild.
- Support organizations like the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute that research better ways to protect and care for this animal and other endangered species. Consider donating your time, money or goods.
- Share the story of this animal with others. Simply raising awareness about this species can contribute to its overall protection.
- Try fundraising for conservation organizations in new and fun ways. You could donate your birthday to conservation, host a bakesale to benefit wildlife or Adopt a Species!