There’s a new addition to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and it’s taken in as royalty in the primate house.
The zoo welcomed a baby crowned lemur for the first time last month. Mother Tucker and father Sokkwi have produced five offspring so far, but the baby, born April 14, is the first to be born on site. Two other sons live at the zoo as well.
The zoo has not yet determined the newborn’s sex or measurements, but Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy said it is healthy and thriving. “We’re ecstatic to welcome our first crowned lemur infant who we hope will shed light on this threatened species.”
Crowned lemurs are considered threatened due to deforestation and other environmental impacts from humans. The parents were recommended to breed as a part of the Crowned Lemur Species Survival Plan, which manages threatened or endangered species.
These primates, native to Madagascar, are named after the gold crown-like coloration on their heads. They live in the forest and forage for food by moving through the trees.
You can see both mom and baby at the Helen Brach Primate House, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Report written by Kelsey Ott