(KMOV) – Three infant lemurs have made their debut at the St. Louis Zoo Primate House.
The black and white Lemurs with big neon eyes and fuzzy white sideburns were born on May 14 and have awed visitors at the zoo.
“We’ve given the infants Malagasy names to emphasize their role in raising awareness of their species’ status in the wild. We hope that the male Zanahary (“ancestral spirits”), females Andriana (“noble rank”) and Vintana (“destiny”) will engage all of us to work toward reversing the species’ potential destiny of extinction to one of continued survival in Madagascar’s rainforests,” said Ingrid Porton, Saint Louis Zoo’s curator of primates.
The family of five is joined by older brother Fidy, age 4 and sister Naissance, age 3, and can be seen together at the Zoo’s Primate House.
The infants have more than tripled their birth weights of 3, 3.5 and 4 ounces. They were born to 7-year-old mother Lulu and approximately 20-year-old father Mahery.
Mahery was brought to the zoo after being illegally held as a pet in Madagascar.
The Saint Louis Zoo became the international headquarters of the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group in 2004.