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Sacramento Zoo’s endangered mongoose lemurs add to family

The Sacramento Zoo’s pair of critically endangered mongoose lemurs welcomed a baby Thursday morning.
The Sacramento Zoo’s pair of critically endangered mongoose lemurs welcomed a baby Thursday morning. The Sacramento Zoo

The Sacramento Zoo’s pair of critically endangered mongoose lemurs welcomed a baby Thursday morning.

The sex of the baby will be determined in a few months once the fur color comes in, according to the zoo. If the lemur’s throat stays white, it is a female, and if the color changes to a rust brown, it is a male.

The monogamous lemur parents will carry their baby across their abdomens like a fanny pack until the baby is more mobile.

Lemur parents Catherina and Elmo already share their exhibit with their offspring Abby and Camilla, sisters born in 2015 and 2016.

Like other lemur species, mongoose lemurs are found on the island of Madagascar and on the Comoro Islands to the north, according to a zoo news release. Due to extreme deforesting and slash-and-burn agriculture for cattle and charcoal production, lemur numbers have dwindled.

The last estimated count of mongoose lemurs left in the world is between 1,000 and 10,000 lemurs, zoo spokeswoman Tonja Candelaria said.

The Sacramento Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums mongoose lemur Species Survival Plans. SSP is a cooperative breeding and conservation program designed to maintain genetically viable populations of animals.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @Jess_Hice

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