Latest Birth at the Park!
Staff at Africa Alive! were overjoyed to find a very welcome addition to the parks growing family of king colobus monkeys. This rare primate from the tropical rainforests of West and Central Africa is considered to be highly endangered due to habitat destruction and hunting by man (to which it is extremely vulnerable).
The animal, which has not been named yet, was born on Monday the 1st October to proud parents Ebony and Bert. Ebony came to the park from Marwell Zoo in Hampshire and Bert, Paignton Zoo in Devon in 2007 and have produced several babies since arriving at the park, with Ebony proving to be an exceptional mother once again.
At birth, colobus monkeys are covered in white fur that is gradually replaced with black hair matching the adults. The young are not very agile to begin with and are carried around for some time with the female primarily responsible for its care. For this reason, it is difficult to sex the baby at the moment and therefore, it is still to be named.
There are very few zoos within Europe that keep this species and none outside of Europe, so this is yet another important addition to the park and will play a crucial role in assisting with the European breeding programme for this species.