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Endangered Coquerel’s Sifaka Born!

On January 21st at the St. Louis Zoo, a Coquerel’s sifaka named Kapika was born! Its a very important birth for the endangered lemur species.



Image Credit: St. Louis Zoo

Meet Kapika, a female Coquerel’s Sifaka lemur born on January 21st at the St. Louis Zoo. She is her mother Almirena’s fourth baby with father Caligula.

Post-Natal Life for the Coquerel’s sifaka lemur at St. Louis Zoo

After birth the newborn lemur latches to mom’s chest but after a few weeks moves to mom’s back, according to ARKive.

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The lemur species finish growing at one year old. Moreover, Kapika will be capable of leaping 30ft between trees. Furthermore demonstrating the hopping bipedal movement distinctive to it’s species.

Coquerel's sifaka lemur at St. Louis ZooSt. Louis Zoo

Look at that smile!

Coquerel’s sifaka Endangered: A Species in Peril

Most importantly, Coquerel’s sifaka are under active protection as endangered species. However due to its decreasing population, the species may soon be upgraded to Critically Endangered.

Certainly, their primary threat is poaching. Hunting the lemur is considered taboo to Madagascar natives. However, newcomers do not share the same views.

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Furthermore, destruction of their forest habitat for agriculture has also decreased their numbers.

Preservation Efforts

Fortunately Kapika and her Coquerel’s sifaka family live at the international headquarters of the Madagascar Fauna Group. 

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In short, they’re a cooperative between St. Louis Zoo – as well as others – and aquariums aimed at preserving lemurs among many other threatened Madagascar species.

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Sources: St. Louis Zoo website and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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