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Game of Crowns: Crowned Lemur Born at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lemur infant on exhibit at Helen Brach Primate House
Chicago (May 8, 2015) — Lincoln Park Zoo is thrilled to announce the arrival of new zoo royalty – a crowned lemur was born on April 23 at Helen Brach Primate House.

The lemur infant joins its mother (Tucker), father (Sokkwi, pronounced so-kwee) and one-year-old sister Sava, who all reside at the zoo. The sex and measurements of the infant are yet to be determined, as Tucker is keeping the newborn wrapped very close to her belly. The dam and sire were recommended to breed as a part of the Crowned Lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP), which cooperatively manages threatened or endangered species. The infant lemur is the sixth offspring of this breeding pair, and second birth at Lincoln Park Zoo.

“The infant is healthy and is continuously passing critical milestones such as nursing regularly, gaining weight and holding tight to mother,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy. “Being an experienced mother, Tucker is providing excellent care to the newest arrival.”

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN), crowned lemurs are considered endangered due to forest loss caused by slash-and-burn practices, habitat fragmentation, charcoal production, mining and other environmental impacts from humans.
“Crowned lemurs are an extremely energetic and curious species,” said Leahy. “Due to their high-activity level, they are a great species to observe at the zoo.”

The lemur family, including mom and new baby are currently on exhibit at the Helen Brach Primate House which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests who are interested in learning more about lemur diet and providing support for the crowned lemurs at the zoo can do so by visiting DryHop Brewers after May 13. For each pint of “Take Me To Your Lemur” beer purchased at DryHop, one dollar will go towards the Crowned Lemur Wish List Fund, providing the lemurs at the zoo with essential enrichment items.

Native to Madagascar, these primates are named after the gold crown-like coloration on their heads. These active lemurs forage at all levels of the forest canopy for fruits and leaves, using their 17-18 inch tail to help balance and move swiftly through the trees.   


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Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit




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