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Critically Endangered Monkey Born at Drusillas Park

7 Nov

The baby boom continues as a critically endangered monkey is  born at Drusillas as part of the European breeding programme. The Sulawesi black crested macaque was delivered on Tuesday 25th October and staff are delighted with the new arrival.

Black crested macaques are native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where they are now regarded as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). In the last 40 years it is estimated that the population has been reduced by more than 80% due to habitat loss and hunting pressure and they now face the very real threat of extinction in the wild.

These large impressive monkeys have just one baby at a time, born with a pink face which darkens with age. So far the baby bundle, thought to be male, is thriving alongside parents Kendari and Moteck. He will remain very dependent for the next four to five months, clinging to his mother who will nurse him for at least a year.

Kendari and Moteck were introduced at Drusillas in 2010, after being re-homed respectively from Chester Zoo and Monkey Park in Israel. The new arrival is the couple’s first baby together and hopefully will be one of many more to come.

Breeding programmes such as the one at Drusillas Park operate throughout the zoo community, in conjunction with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. By cooperating in this way, animal collections hope to safeguard the existence of many animal species in order to secure their future survival.

Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate commented: “It is wonderful to see the new addition to our macaque family. He is showing a lot of interest in his surroundings and being doted on by his cousin Kamala who was born at Drusillas in 2010. We are expecting a lot of monkeying around from these two over the coming months.”

Cool-obus Monkeys Arrive at Drusillas Park

2 Mar

Four fantastic black-and-white colobus monkeys have arrived at Drusillas and are settling in well and getting to know the ropes. The troop is led by head boy Elgon who is joined at the zoo by females Opet, Isis and Hathor.

Head Keeper, Mark Kenward commented: “This is the first time we have looked after this species at Drusillas so it is very exciting for our staff as well as our visitors.”

“They are a lovely group and we are really pleased with how quickly they have adjusted to their new environment. They are starting to recognise the keepers that work with them and the three girls in particular are displaying a confident bounce in their step.”

These large primates are highly arboreal; springing into action they use their elongated limbs to leap from branch to branch. In contrast to their black bodies, a long white mane hangs like a cape from their shoulders as they perform a hair-raising display of jumps and lunges.

Luckily these treetop travellers have a stomach for heights; in fact it could be said they have several! Their enlarged and complex digestion system is made up of four separate stomach chambers which helps them break down their diet of leaves, flowers and fruit.

Colobus monkeys live in family groups of up to 20 animals, often consisting of one male, several females and their young. They usually have one baby at a time which is covered in white hair when born. 

In the wild, Colobus monkeys inhabit the forests of central Africa where their numbers have fallen due to habitat destruction and hunting. The group at Drusillas is part of a breeding programme and hopefully it will not be too long before there’s a new branch to the family tree.