Celebrity Lemur Dies at Age 20

Jovian, who starred in the PBS kids' show "Zoboomafoo" died at the Duke Lemur Center at age 20.
Duke Lemur Center
Jovian, who starred in the PBS kids' show "Zoboomafoo" died at the Duke Lemur Center at age 20.

Jovian, a Coquerel's sifaka, was the star of the PBS kids’ show “Zoboomafoo,” which aired from 1999 to 2001 and was hosted by brothers Martin and Chris Kratt. The lead character, Zoboomafoo, was most often played by a lemur puppet, but the Kratt brothers wanted to include footage of a live lemur. They found Jovian at the Duke Lemur Center and made him a star. "He was great to work with," said Martin Kratt, a 1989 Duke graduate who had volunteered at the Lemur Center as a student. "He'd jump in through the window and we'd feed him mangoes or garbanzo beans. Sometimes he'd grab our noses with those soft sifaka hands." Jovian was born at the center and had seven offspring, as well as several grandchildren. He died of kidney failure. — Read it from UPI

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