It is not often that our experienced naturalist guides come across a sighting that blows them away. So we were shocked to get this update and incredible image from expedition leader Cassiano Zaparoli, who is currently leading IE's Madagascar tour .
"One of the most amazing moments of my work as a photographer and naturalist: an aye-aye face to face, photographed near the town of Maroantsetra, Madagascar. It was the first time our local guide, a man who has wored in tourism for more than 10 years, has seen an aye-aye in the wild!"
Many natives of Madagascar consider the aye-aye an omen of bad luck. For this reason, in years past they often have been killed on sight. Hunting, coupled with habitat destruction, have made the aye-aye critically endangered; however, they are now legally protected.
Here are a few more things you should know about these rare, noctural animals.