The Santa Ana Zoo has welcomed 4 baby monkeys into their family over the past couple of months. The zoo is well known for its monkeys due to its founders request that 50 monkeys live at the zoo at all times.
The arrivals kicked off on July 20 with the birth of a black and white colobus monkey. Currently this cute little baby is fully white contrasting against the mostly black colour of its mother.
The mother has been keeping a watchful gaze over the young one as it begins to explore with its older brother who was born last September. Over the next four months the baby will transform to the black and white colouration of its mother.
Twin golden-headed lion tamarins followed close behind on July 23rd. They are instantly noticeable due to their golden orange faces highlighted on their black bodies. As the mom bounces around the young monkeys cling onto her back tightly. They have a range of different methods including one on the belly and another on the back or one on each side of the mother.
The zoo’s education specialist said that, “It is rare and exciting to have so many baby monkeys at one time.”
A first for the Santa Ana Zoo occurred on July 24 when a black howler monkey was born. It is the first baby for her mother Grita who keeps the baby held close into her chest. The baby howler monkey was born the light tan colour of female howler monkeys. If it is male it will turn to a black colour from which their name is derived.
Bergh says that, “Guests will love bringing their ‘little monkeys’ to watch and learn how these monkeys play and interact with their families as they grow. As we all know, they won’t stay babies for long.”
Photo Credits: Santa Ana Zoo