The main role for the aye aye is to function as an insurance population.
• Ex situ research/training (in and outside range)
There is currently only a small amount of breeding potential in institutions in Madagascar due to the limited number of animals held and ongoing husbandry challenges. With the help of the population and expertise existing in EAZA, husbandry and veterinary care can be further improved and shared to support the population held in Madagascar and to benefit any future confiscated animals.
• Conservation education (in range)
Working together with NGOs in Madagascar has potential to educate local communities on myths around the aye-aye and support its protection.
|• Taxonomic uniqueness
Aya aye and prosimians are taxonomically unique and have the potential to educate visitors about the taxonomic and ecological diversity of prosimians and primates. Aye aye can also be used to highlight the unique appearance and species-specific behaviour.
In December 2021, the Aye - aye EEP had 23 animals in 7 institutions.