Maryland Zoo Welcomes New Endangered Lemurs

The Maryland Zoo has announced the arrival of two Coquerel’s sifakas, an endangered lemur species that the zoo has not had since 2021. The two lemurs, a male and a female, arrived at the zoo in July 2023 from the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina.


Coquerel’s Sifakas at the Maryland Zoo

Coquerel’s sifakas are a species of lemur that are native to Madagascar. They are known for their distinctive black and white fur and ability to move through the trees quickly. The species is listed as endangered due to habitat loss and hunting.

The arrival of the two sifakas at the Maryland Zoo is a significant event for the zoo and for the conservation of the species. The zoo has a long history of working to protect endangered species, and has been involved in numerous conservation efforts both locally and internationally.

The sifakas will be housed in the zoo’s Lemur Forest exhibit, where visitors can observe them in their natural habitat. The exhibit is designed to replicate the lemurs’ natural environment, with trees, rocks, and other features that allow the animals to climb and move freely.

The Maryland Zoo’s acquisition of the Coquerel’s sifakas is part of a more significant effort to protect endangered species and promote conservation. The zoo is committed to educating the public about the importance of conservation and the need to protect endangered species like the Coquerel’s sifakas. By providing a safe and healthy environment for these animals, the zoo is helping ensure their survival for generations.

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