CINCINNATI (FOX19) - For the first time in Zoo history, the Cincinnati Zoo is home to the primate known as the sifaka. Pronounced shee-FA-kah, they are most commonly recognized from the PBS kids show, “Zoboomafoo”. The Zoo’s two new lemurs are a male named, “Rinaldo,” age 7, who came to Cincinnati from the Los Angeles Zoo in California and a female named, “Wilhelmina,” age 2, who came from the Duke Lemur Center.
Two Cincinnati Zoo keepers traveled to the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina to escort the two sifakas to Cincinnati and spent several days learning how to best care for these beautiful creatures. The pair, which is recommended to breed, is now on exhibit in the Zoo’s Jungle Trails indoor exhibit. The pair are being introduced to the local media Thursday morning.
Sifakas are large lemurs built for a specialized type of locomotion called vertical clinging and leaping.