- Associated Press - Monday, April 8, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur is the latest addition to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Zoo spokeswoman JJ Vitale says in a news release that the baby lemur was born March 25. She says zookeepers don’t yet know the gender of the lemur, which is still a brown color and blends in with its mother. Zoo officials say it will develop a darker color if it’s a male.

The baby’s parents are Hendricks and Hemsworth. Both were brought to the zoo from the Duke Lemur Center on a breeding recommendation.

They share the Madagascar exhibit in the zoo’s African Forest. Like all lemurs, the blue-eyed black lemurs are native only to Madagascar. Zoo officials say there are likely less than 1,000 left in the wild.

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