Aye Aye Aye

So, if you know even a little about photography, you can predict that a hyperactive nocturnal primate that only lives in one island in Africa is going to be hard to photograph.

And someday, I really hope I make it down to Madagascar to try and photograph aye ayes out in the wild. In the meantime, I’ll take the excuse of my visiting lemurphile friends to go to Ueno zoo and see what I can get of the captive aye ayes they have there.

Zoos can be ethically squidgey. I understand the hate. But I really wonder if I would have the love for animals that I do have, and the understanding of preservation and ecology, if I didn’t grow up going to Brookfield Zoo and spending vacations in tents in the wild. Certainly, zoos absolutely 100% need to focus on creating the best possible environments for the animals they do care for. And Zoos globally have gotten a lot more ethical about what animals they choose to take out of the wild. But yeah, there are some sad looking cages, and some mistreated animals out there in the world. Luckily, it seems like Ueno Zoo has partnered with some good Lemur folk, and has managed to take care of their lemurs decently.

But still, shooting bouncy, excitable primates in the dark is not the easiest of things.