Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Lemur Pup Named by the Public
The black-and-white ruffed lemur pup born on April 6 at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) has a name – ‘Loka’. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ HHPZ zookeepers proposed three names – Loka, Zandry, and Volana – for the public to vote on. ‘Loka,’ meaning “prize” in Malagasy, the National language of Madagascar, was the most popular with 42 percent of the 837 votes cast. Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are one of two species of ruffed lemurs in eastern Madagascar. Due to habitat loss and hunting, ruffed lemurs are facing extinction in the wild. Loka and his parents, Vintana and Nify, are receiving visitors in the lower zoo at HHPZ. The breeding pair are part of the Species[CC1] Survival Plan for black-and-white ruffed lemurs overseen by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). HHPZ has been accredited by the AZA for over 20 years, and participates in species survival plan programs to enhance the survival of a variety of critically endangered species in the wild. For more information, please contact Justin Long, PRNS Deputy Director, at (408) 793-5579.