Baby lemur debuts at Detroit Zoo

Visitors to the Detroit Zoo will be among the first to see a baby black-and-white ruffed lemur that is making its debut this morning. This is the second year the zoo has been able to celebrate the birth of the critically endangered species, zoo spokeswoman Patricia Janeway said. Born May 8, the baby is a female named Kintana, which means "star." Kintana joins parents Fleur and Goodall and twin siblings Alina and Aloke, born in June 2009. The lemur family can be found between the snow monkeys and white rhinos. "Kintana is a welcome addition to a small population of captive lemurs that could help keep this species from extinction," said Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter. There are approximately 215 black-and-white ruffed lemurs in North American zoos, officials said. The black-and-white ruffed lemur, a tree-dwelling primate native to eastern Madagascar, is the largest of all lemur species.

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