Photographer: Shivan Parusnath
Title: Big eyes
This Greater Galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus), also known as a “bushbaby” is caught in a Sherman trap, a common piece of equipment used to trap small mammals for scientific study. This bushbaby was lured into the trap with bait made from bananas, peanut butter and oats. Once caught, the animals are safely moved into larger cages and either sedated for further study or released.
The researchers on this specific project only do this research with permits and ethics approval from an internationally renowned university. In this multidisciplinary project, the researchers are investigating various aspects of the ecology and life history of the species, including behaviour, thermoregulation, gut microbiome, and dental ecology amongst others. In this way, each animal caught provides data to several different studies, to maximise the output from the capture process.
The animals are then given a stimulative to wake them up, and are safely released in the location of capture.