On March 19, 2023, Coquerel’s sifaka Magdalena gave birth to a 108g male infant. Scipio (“SIP-ee-oh”) is Magdalena’s first infant with breeding partner Gratian. Despite being a first-time mom, Magdalena already has infant experience—she was very involved in the care of her younger brother, Terence, from a young age.
Like all Coquerel’s sifaka infants born at the DLC, Scipio’s name comes from ancient Rome. This little guy is named after Scipio Africanus, a Roman general who led his army to victory over Carthage in the Second Punic War. Scipio was known as a brilliant tactician, outsmarting Carthaginian general Hannibal in the Battle of Zama. Our little sifaka has big shoes to fill!
Gratian has been an exceptionally respectful partner and father. During his first introduction to his son, Gratian was observed singing to Magdalena and Scipio. Since then, our animal technicians have frequently seen Gratian grooming and carrying his son whenever Magdalena lets him. They have described Gratian as “the perfect father.”
Once Scipio gets a little bigger, his family will have access to free-range in six acres of forest. We can’t wait to watch him gain confidence as he explores this big, wide world—under close supervision from mom and dad, of course!