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Male Coquerel’s Sifaka Born At Maryland Zoo

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(Credit: Jeffrey F. Bill)

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A male Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur native only to the island of Madagascar, has been born at the Maryland Zoo.

Little Maximilian was born to Anastasia and Gratian on March 30. Zoo officials say the baby is healthy and is bonding with his parents.

Newborn sifaka ride on their mother’s belly for the first month, then move to riding on her back.

Coquerel’s sifaka are endangered because of habitat loss due to deforestation. Anastasia and Gratian are also the parents of 2-year-old Otto and 15-month-old Nero, both born in 2011 at the Zoo.

Visitors can now see Ana, Gratian and Max in the sifaka exhibit inside the Chimpanzee Forest.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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