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Sunday 24 September 2017

Rare monkeys are zoo's crowning glory

Mangabeys Jomoro and Awiane cuddle up to their parents in their enclosure
Mangabeys Jomoro and Awiane cuddle up to their parents in their enclosure

Sam Griffin

DUBLIN ZOO is welcoming its newest residents following the unveiling of two rare White Crowned Mangabeys.

The monkeys, named Jomoro and Awiane, were born just two weeks apart and were sired by the zoo's dominant male, Donzo.

Jomoro was born to mother Mallul in early April and was named after the area of Ghana where the majority of the rare species are found.

Half-sister Awiane was born on April 15 and takes her name after the capital of the Jomoro district.

The arrival of the infant monkeys means there are now eight White Crowned Mangabeys in Dublin zoo.

Originating in Western Africa, the mangabeys are known as 'Old World Monkeys'. They typically grow to around 48cm tall when standing up. The mangabeys enjoy a diet consisting mostly of fruit, nuts and seeds.

Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains at Dublin Zoo, said: "Jomoro and Awiane are thriving and get on very well as brother and sister. It's a joy to watch them being playful together."

Irish Independent

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