The Racine Zoo is saying goodbye to two of its beloved animal residents; a female lemur who passed away, and a female tamarin who is moving east to start a new family.
Pfeiffer, a female blue-eyed black lemur, was 23 years old, and she died after being diagnosed with irrevocable kidney disease. She called Racine home after moving here in 2007 and was mated with Travolta, a 19-year-old male black lemur, and is described as being gentle and sweet.
“The loss of any animal is truly saddening.” said Beth Heidorn, Racine Zoo’s Executive Director, in a press release. “It’s not easy to say farewell to such a wonderful and much-loved animal, but knowing that she is no longer in any pain is a great comfort for the zoo family.”
Racine Zoo staffers are also sad to say goodbye to Cadeau, a two-year-old female tamarin who is moving to the East Coast to keep her species going at a zoo on Staten Island. She is one of the offspring of Marquis and Isabella. Only the Racine Zoo and the Como Zoo in St. Paul, MN, has successfully bred tamarins.
“This two-year-old will be missed dearly, but we know her future is bright,” the statement from the Zoo reads.
Cadeau will begin her journey Wednesday.