"I Was Here'', a project focusing on bringing awareness to animal conservation and protection.
I was recently commissioned by Calgary Zoo in Canada to create a realistic Aye Aye for their educational programs. I thought it would be a great to include this magnificent creature in my 'I Was Here' project.
Aye-aye's are a rare type of lemur that are closely related to apes, these lemurs are the largest nocturnal primates in the world. They are known for their unique feeding habits by tapping their slender finger on a tree to listen and locate larvae, once found, they aye-aye will chew a hole with their rodent like teeth which continue to grow, and use their specialised long thin middle finger like a skewer to pick the larvae out.
Aye-ayes are only found on the island of Madagascar, branded with native superstitions, the aye-aye has been thought of as evil, a bringer of death and are usually killed onsite. Because of this and habitat destruction. they are listed as endangered with their populations decreasing.
Help protect the aye-aye. Spread awareness that this unique creature is not an omen of evil.
The aye-aye has a Sculpey face that is an original sculpture hand crafted by me, his and unique hands were sculpted from a bendable rubber. His body is made from a thick pile faux fur which was designed and sewn by me, he has a wire armature inside making him fully poseable, his face was furred by hand and painted in acrylic paints.
He is approximately 30x15cm head to tail.
This little lady is sold, but more dolls are available in my Etsy shop. Alternatively you can check me out on my social media pages below. Also check out my Society6 and Redbubble shop for prints and more.