A black lemur that lived at Springfield’s Henson Robinson Zoo for more than a quarter-century has died.
Zoo officials say the 38-year-old black lemur named Blossom had become lethargic and had decreased appetite in recent days, and they determined that euthanasia was the most humane decision to make for her.
Normal life expectancy for black lemurs is 25 years and at her advanced age, Blossom had been suffering from numerous ailments, including arthritis. Blossom was born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in 1980 and was later moved to St. Louis before arriving in Springfield in 1992.
Two of her offspring are still housed at Henson Robinson Zoo.