Remember that tiny Coquerel’s Sifaka infant that was born on January 28th? Well, Julius is growing by leaps and bounds! When he was born, he weighed only 96 grams (3.4 ounces). He is now a whopping 394 grams (13.9 ounces)! You can often see him riding on his dad, Gaius, or mom, Zenobia’s, back. He is getting brave and starting to build his muscles by leaping around his parents as they keep a watchful eye on him.
Julius is also starting to eat on his own. While he is still reliant on his mother’s milk until he is about 6 months old for most of his nutrition, he has grown quite the appetite for edible leaves we call “browse”. Be sure to keep an eye out for the keeper chats in Wortham World of Primates focusing on Sifaka as well as Spotlight on Species event featuring all of our lemurs at the end of August. These are great times to see the Sifaka up close and get all of your questions answered!
Photos by Tina Carpenter