Chicago has a new set of Super Mario Bros.—just minus the hats and plus some fur.
Luigi, a 1-year-old Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, is getting settled at his new home in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Helen Brach Primate House. His new roommates include Mario and Izabel, the zoo’s couple of pied tamarin monkeys.
Luigi was born Aug. 9, 2016 at the zoo’s Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House and recently moved in with his primate neighbors, creating another mixed-species exhibit that the zoo says provides a dynamic environment for the animals.
The sloth is named after Carlo Luigi Guiseppe Bertero, a naturalist and botanist who in the 1800s studied the flora of Chile and Colombia, two countries that are home to the two-toed sloth, said Maureen Leahy, the zoo’s vice president of animal care and horticulture.
Luigi’s dad also bears reference to the Italian scholar: his name just happens to be Carlos.
Aug. 25: A trio of newly arrived birds is making noise – lots of it – inside Lincoln Park Zoo’s Dry Thorn Forest exhibit.
Aug. 11: The zoo’s newest residents are being hand-reared by keepers, and scientists will analyze their genetics as part of an international species survival plan.
July 24: For the first time, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with their African penguins. We meet three waddling, webbed-feet bachelors.