Saturday 23 September 2017

Baby mangabey monkey a big hit for Dublin Zoo's breeding programme

The mangabey baby born at Dublin Zoo hangs on to its mother ‘Tema’. Photo: Patrick Bolger
The mangabey baby born at Dublin Zoo hangs on to its mother ‘Tema’. Photo: Patrick Bolger
The mangabey baby born at Dublin Zoo hangs on to its mother ‘Tema’. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Eimear Rabbitte

DUBLIN Zoo has welcomed a new addition to its family with the birth of an exotic monkey.

The baby -- a female, white-crowned mangabey, born on November 11 -- is the newest arrival at the zoo and weighs a healthy 400g.

The yet-to-be-named infant is the third baby for proud parents Tema and Danso.

Zoo staff said the baby monkey has formed a strong attachment to her mother and is settling in well.

Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains section, described female monkey Tema as a "fantastic mum".

"We are very proud of the new mangabey arrival at Dublin Zoo," she said. "Tema takes everything in her stride and Danso is a very protective dad.

"The new arrival will stay close to her mother for about a year, but will eventually become more independent," Ms Clarke-Bennet added.

White-crowned mangabeys are listed as endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, because their population is rapidly decreasing.

Dublin Zoo is one of 12 zoos in Europe participating in a breeding programme, and has recorded 18 white-crowned mangabeys born there in the last 10 years.

The new addition comes as the zoo asks the general public to nominate 'Ireland's Favourite Zoo Animal'.

With a family annual pass to the zoo up for grabs, people can vote for their favourite at www.dublinzoo.ie. The closing date is December 18.

Irish Independent

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