POTTOS

Perodicticus include 3 species

East African potto. Photo Credit: © Yvonne A. de Jong/-iNaturalist/Creative Commons

Perodicticus ibeanus

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

The East African potto, also known more simply as the eastern potto, occupies an extensive range at the very center of the African continent. Though the largest portion of its range falls within the Democratic Republic of Congo, it also juts into several neighboring countries: the Central African Republic to the north, and Rwanda and Burundi to the south. To the east, the East…

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Perodicticus potto

CONSERVATION STATUS: NEAR THREATENED

Pottos inhabit a wide geographic range, spanning from the west African coast to Central Africa. These primates are prosimians—the oldest, most “primitive” group of primates—and are the only species in the genus Perodicticus. New potto species have been described within the last 50 years with much debate about which…

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