Sunday 20 April 2014

Dublin Zoo and protective mammy welcome new baby monkey

Meet Dublin Zoo's newest arrival

Mangabey Baby Born at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Mangabey Baby Born at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Say hello to Dublin Zoo's latest resident - and she weighs the same as half a bag of sugar.

This gorgeous little white crowned mangabey monkey entered the world yesterday.

She weighs just 400 grams - so it's no surprise her protective mammy is holding her so tightly to her chest.

The female baby, which is yet to be given a name, is the third infant born to couple Tema and Danso. She is settling well into the group.

The staff in the zoo are very proud of the new arrival, according the zoo's African Plains' team leader Helen Clarke-Bennet.

"This is Tema’s third baby and she is a fantastic mum. She 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.”


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The population of white crowned mangabeys are decreasing rapidly in the wild due to over-hunting and habitat destruction. They are listed as endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their natural habitat is Central and Western Africa.

The zoo's new addition comes not long after two more white crowned mangabeys were born earlier in the year.

Irish Independent

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