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Male Coquerel's sifaka born at Maryland Zoo

Wednesday - 4/24/2013, 3:50pm  ET

This March 30, 2013 photo provided by The Maryland Zoo shows Maximilian, a newborn male Coquerel's sifaka, riding on the belly of its mother, Anastasia, at the zoo in Baltimore. The sifaka, an endangered lemur native only to the island of Madagascar, was born to Anastasia and Gratian on March 30. (AP Photo/Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Jeffrey F. Bill)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A male Coquerel's sifaka, an endangered lemur native only to the island of Madagascar, has been born at the Maryland Zoo.

Little Maximilian was born to Anastasia and Gratian on March 30. Zoo officials say the baby is healthy and is bonding with his parents.

Newborn sifaka ride on their mother's belly for the first month, then move to riding on her back.

Coquerel's sifaka are endangered because of habitat loss due to deforestation. Anastasia and Gratian are also the parents of 2-year-old Otto and 15-month-old Nero, both born in 2011 at the Zoo.

Visitors can now see Ana, Gratian and Max in the sifaka exhibit inside the Chimpanzee Forest.


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