Here's your daily dose of cute: this little Moholi bushbaby is
the newest member of the primate family at
Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo was gracious enough to share a few
photos of the tiny creature, who was only 0.3 ounces when it was
Moholi bushbabies are native to Southern Africa and rarely found
in zoos. In fact, fewer than 20 bushbabies are found in zoos across
the United States.
"This birth is significant, both because the zoo population is
so small and because it means our breeding pair here at Lincoln
Park Zoo is a good match," said Curator of the Regenstein Small
Mammal-Reptile House Diane Mulkerin.
Although the animal care staff at the zoo doesn't know the sex
of the baby yet, it is growing quickly and is in good health. In
just the past month, it has quadrupled in size.
Moholi bushbabies spend most of their day sleeping, since they
can hide from predators during the night. Like others in the
primate family, they are very acrobatic and you'll find them
springing from branch to branch within their habitat.
And while those large ears and eyes sure make them adorable,
those larger features serve a more important purpose: they help
protect them from predators with better hearing and sight.
Lincoln Park Zoo's Moholi bushbaby family is on exhibit daily at
the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House from 10 a.m. to 4:30
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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