Meet Zuri: Macon museum introduces new lemur

13WMAZ's Yvonne Thomas and Macon's Museum of Arts and Sciences' Sharron Corniacchione introduce Zuri the lemur, the museum's newest resident.

Meet Zuri the lemur. She's newest addition to Macon's Museum of Arts and Sciences collection of animals.

Here's a story that'll make you smile. She's the newest addition to Macon's Museum of Arts and Sciences. Meet little Zuri, a black and white ruffed lemur. Our Yvonne Thomas spent the morning with the spunky, little one.

She's a little, leaping, lemur named Zuri.  “Zuri means beautiful,” said Animal Curator Sharron Corniacchione with the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. She's a black and white ruffed lemur from Madagascar, with a big personality. “We say everyday she's acting more and more like a lemur.”

PHOTOS: Zuri the Lemur

At just five weeks old, Zuri loves to play, jump and well, monkey around. “We are just so honored her to have us as a part of our family,” said Corniacchione. Zuri is a new ambassador for the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. The staff says by having Zuri here she can both educate and entertain the public about where she comes from and other animals like her. “They're endemic to the island of Madagascar and because of habitat loss, illegal trading,” said Corniacchione. “They are seriously endangered.”

This yellow-eyed beauty weighs about one pound and loves to eat baby food and creamed bananas. “When she's full grown she'll be about the size of a housecat. If she's standing up, she'll be about the size of a toddler,” said Corniacchione.

She's still getting adjusted to life in Central Georgia, and she continues to brings smiles and excitement everyone she meets. “We just thought she'd be a great fit for our museum, and she has been.” Zuri will start appearing in shows at the museum starting next week.

 

 


 

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