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San Diego Zoo Welcomes a Baby Red Ruffed Lemur

Red ruffed lemurs are among the 25 most engendered primates in the world

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    Photo taken by Ken Bohn on May 2
    On May 18, 2016, a male red ruffed lemur was born at the San Diego Zoo’s Primate Propagation Center

    Visitors will soon be seeing a new furry little friend at the San Diego Zoo this summer.

    The zoo welcomed a red ruffed lemur two weeks ago, a first of its species to be born at the San Diego Zoo in 13 years.

    First-time mom Morticia gave birth to the baby on May 18 at the zoo’s Primate Propagation Center, a facility for breeding lemurs.

    According to the San Diego Zoo, the infant has been gaining about 10 grams a day and is currently 6.6 ounces.

    Keepers at the facility said the little guy will be ready to explore outside of his nest soon, watched by his mother Morticia.

    Red ruffed lemurs are a rare species found only in the Masoala Peninsula in Madagascar.

    They are among the 25 most engendered primates in the world, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature SSC Primate Specialist Group.

    You can look forward see the baby next summer along with the rest of the lemurs at the San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Pebys Africa Rocks exhibit.