Babies Everywhere! Endangered Lemur Born in Saint Louis

Because there's no such thing as too many baby animal videos, here's one more for today. On January 21, a female Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) was born at the Saint Louis Zoo, and starting this week, visitors can see her in the zoo's Primate House. The zoo named her Kapika, which means "peanut" in Malagasy, which is the national language of Madagascar, the only place in the world where lemurs are found in the wild.


Coquerel's sifaka is a type of lemur, and like all lemurs, faces extinction due to habitat loss, particularly because of logging, as their forest habitats are cleared for agriculture. The IUCN Red List classifies the species as endangered.

Coquerel's sifakas are perhaps best known for their "dance," a sort of bipedal side-stepping move that they make while traveling on the ground. They're far less awkward when traveling among the trees, using their powerful legs to launch themselves as far as thirty feet at a time.

[STL Zoo]

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