Part of growing up is learning how to say goodbye. For many children of the 90s, the time has come to say goodbye to one of their favorite animal friends.
On Monday, November 10, 2014 Jovian, the Coquerel's sifaka lemur who played Zoboomafoo on the PBS wildlife show of the same name, passed away at the age of 20 due to kidney failure. He is survived by his son Charlemagne.
One of the co-hosts of Zoboomafoo, Martin Kratt, reminisced about the late Jovian on Facebook: "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."
It may seem silly to many people to mourn the passing of a simple primate, but this little guy leapt his way into the hearts of millions of children during the 90s. This little guy was part of an awesome show which, along with other top-notch wildlife shows like Going Wild With Jeff Corwin, sparked an interest with wildlife for many kids. His lovable leaping, blank stare and all-around cuddliness made the plight of his endangered species very real in the minds of all who regularly watched his show.
As a child of the 90s, I am incredibly saddened by the passing of one of my favorite public broadcasting mascots. May you rest in peace Jovian. Thanks for all the memories!