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Zoo Royalty: Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes Baby Crowned Lemur

Lemur infant already in the swing of things at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago (May 1, 2014) — Move over Prince George, there’s new royalty in town – a baby crowned lemur at Lincoln Park Zoo! The zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a baby lemur at the Helen Brach Primate House, a first for Lincoln Park Zoo.  

The lemur, born April 14, joins its mother (Tucker) and father (Sokkwi, pronounced so-kwee) and older brothers Azizi and Nuru, 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 fifth offspring of this breeding pair, but first birth at Lincoln Park Zoo. 
“Tucker is an experienced mother and the infant is healthy, nursing and growing,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy. “We’re ecstatic to welcome our first crowned lemur infant who we hope will shed light on this threatened species.” 
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) website, crowned lemurs are considered threatened due to forest loss due to slash-and-burn practices, habitat fragmentation, charcoal production, mining and other environmental impacts from humans.
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. 
Both mom and baby are currently on exhibit at the Helen Brach Primate House which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


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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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