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St. Louis Zoo wants residents to think about Monarch Butterflies for Mother’s Day

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - For those looking for a last minute Mother's Day gift, you might take your mom to see new mom Jushy. She's a ring tailed lemur with a new baby daughter named Jocelyn.

'She lives east of the Kitchen where we prepare our diets so that`s why her name is lady Jocelyn of East of the Kitchen,' says Shannon Farrell, Primate Keeper.

The royal ring tailed little one was clinging tight to her mom on Wednesday afternoon.

There are a number of new moms at the zoo this spring.

In keeping with that theme, the zoo wants you to think about monarch butterflies on Mother's Day.

'Monarch species itself has seen a 90% decline in population in the past 20 years,' says Bob Merz, Zoological Manager of Invertebrates.  'That's a huge decline and part of that is there are no more milkweeds around.'

For a $40 donation, the zoo will give you among many things a set of fashionable garden gloves and milkweed seeds to plant and attract monarch butterflies.

'I can remember huge amounts of monarchs coming through the area every fall and you don't see that as much anymore,' says Merz.  'I would hate for that to go away.  I would hate for kids not to see that so all you have to do is plant milkweed.'

That might make your matriarch happy that you saved some monarchs.

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