Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes Moholi Bushbaby

Baby Southern African primates rare in zoos

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013  |  Updated 3:00 PM CDT
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Zoo officials have yet to determine the animal's sex.

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Lincoln Park Zoo has a new cute, wide-eyed addition to its family.

A Moholi bushbaby, tiny primates native to Southern Africa, was born in January but has now ventured out of its nest for public inspection.

Moholi bushbabies are tiny -- weighing less than 0.3 ounces -- but are easily identified by their large eyes.

They're considered extremely rare in zoos and this bushbaby -- its sex has yet to be determined -- is one of only 20 located in zoos around the country.

Zoo officials say the little guy -- or girl -- appears to be healthy and has quadrupled in size over the past month.

The whole family is on exhibit at the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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