Endangered lemur species birth at zoo

Monday, March 16, 2009 | 11:48 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered lemur species.

The baby Coquerel's sifaka was actually born on Feb. 16, but the birth was announced Monday.

It is the first baby of a 6-year-old mother from the Los Angeles Zoo and a 10-year-old father. Zookeepers say the baby is doing well.

Visitors can see the mother and baby at the zoo's Primate House. The zoo is one of eight U.S. institutions that house the species native to Madagascar. The zoo says the Coquerel's sifaka is in danger of extinction in the wild due to habitat loss.

The zoo houses the international headquarters of the Madagascar Fauna Group, a consortium of zoos and aquariums committed to conserving lemurs and other wildlife species within their native habitat.


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