Giant Bushbaby

Unknown Prim ate of Central and West Africa.

P^hysical description: Large galago (also known as a bushbaby) the size of a cat. Pale-gray fur.

Distribution: Cameroon; Cote d'Ivoire; Senegal.

Significant sightings: Owen Burnham saw a Giant bushbaby accompanied by some young ones in Casamance Forest, Senegal, in June 1985.

A specimen was photographed in Cameroon in 1994 by an assistant of zoologist Simon K. Bearder.

Present status: Greater galagos (Otolemur spp.) are not known in Cameroon. The largest, almost cat-sized at 15 inches in length not counting the tail, is the Silver galago (O. argentatus), found only in Kenya. Smaller galagos, especially the Senegal galago (Galago senegalensis), which has a body length of only 6.5 inches, do occur in Cameroon.

Sources: Karl Shuker, "A Supplement to Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans' Checklist of Cryptozoological Animals," Fortean Studies 5 (1998): 208, 216; Karl Shuker, "The Secret Animals of Senegambia," Fate 51 (November 1998): 46-51.

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