PHOTOS: Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes newborn crowned lemur

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CHICAGO — Meet the newest member of the Lemur family at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

On April 17 at the Helen Brach Primate House, the adorable newborn joined mom Tucker and father Sokkwi and sisters Sava and Volan

The sex and measurements of the infant have not been identified because it’s still holding on to Tucker’s belly.

“With any birth, our animal care staff carefully monitors the new arrival to ensure they are passing critical milestones,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy. “The infant is holding tight to mother and regularly nursing which is exactly what we’d hope to see.”

The mother and father were recommended to breed as a part of the Crowned Lemur Species Survival Plan, which cooperatively manages threatened and endangered species. The infant lemur is the seventh offspring of this breeding pair and third birth at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lemurs are native to Madagascar and named after the gold crown-like coloration on their heads. According to the zoo, crowned lemurs are considered endangered species due to forest loss and other reasons.

The lemur family, including the newborn and Tucker, can be seen by visitors at their Helen Brach Primate House. Their exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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