Zoo Debuts Baby Lemurs

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)  - The St. Louis Zoo can give three cheers for its three newest members.

'These are critically endangered lemurs,' says Primate Keeper Shannon Farrell.  'These guys represent a species found only in Madagascar.'

But you can see them here at the St. Louis Zoo thanks to their species survival plan to increase the number of these black and white ruffed lemurs.

'Zanahari is the male,' says Farrell.  'Andrianna is the female and the other female's name is Vintana.  They're all Malagasy names because we want to represent Madagascar because that is where they're from.'

But their numbers have been dwindling due to mankind.

'We're kind of encroaching on their territory,' says Farrell.  'People are using lemurs for bush meat and it's being deforested there.'

The zoo is beaming about these three cute and cuddly babies born May 14th.

'Most lemurs will only have one baby and they'll carry it that around on themselves,' says Farrell.  'But these guys can have up to six babies at a time and they can't carry all six at once.'

This is why they build a nest.
It's no coincidence the lovable lemurs will cozy up to each other when mom leaves.

'Especially since they do live in a nest and the Mom will come back,' says Farrell.  'When the Mom is gone it's important for them to stay together so that they can stay warm.'

While mom's away that's an opportunity for zoo staff.

'When the Mom leaves we were able to go in and weigh the babies and make sure they're doing well and that they're healthy,' says Farrell.

That's three reasons to give a cheer, for three new bouncing babies that are here.

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