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London Zoo Celebrate Birth of Squirrel Monkeys

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: July 1, 2021 1:20 am

London Zoo Squirrel Monkey Infants

A squirrel monkey infant clings to its mother at ZSL London Zoo

Photo Credit: ZSL London Zoo/ Sheila Smith

ZSL London Zoo have introduced two baby squirrel monkeys which joined the troop during June. Guests attending the zoo's upcoming twilight sessions will be among the first to meet the new arrivals.

Staff at the United Kingdom zoo have captured images this week of the adorable arrivals born on Saturday June 5th 2021 and Wednesday June 9th 2021. The infants each have a different mother with Avril and Francis both welcoming infants.

London Zoo Squirrel Monkey Infants

A squirrel monkey infant clings to its mother at ZSL London Zoo

Photo Credit: ZSL London Zoo/ Sheila Smith

Zookeeper Rowan Swainson said: “Both the new little ones, who we’ve nicknamed Teeny and Tiny, are doing really well – so well in fact, that Avril and Francis have started to bring them out of their cosy indoor dens, so visitors can now spot both duos hanging out in the trees outside."  

“Squirrel monkeys carry their babies on their backs continuously for the first six to ten weeks of their lives, so we’ll only be able to find out if the youngsters are male or female when they start to explore on their own.”  

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Unlike a squirrel monkey who always carries her young London based guests will be able to enjoy a kid free night at the 18+ zoo twilights events during summer.

Rowan added: “Luckily, human parents can sometimes take a night off here and there, and we look forward to helping our grown-up visitors enjoy a well-deserved wildlife break without the kids this July – where they can have the Zoo all to themselves as the sun goes down.’ 

London Zoo Squirrel Monkey Infants

A squirrel monkey infant clings to its mother at ZSL London Zoo

Photo Credit: ZSL London Zoo/ Sheila Smith

Learn more about Squirrel Monkeys here – Squirrel Monkey Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the ZSL London Zoo on their website – ZSL London Zoo

London Zoo Squirrel Monkey Infants

A squirrel monkey infant clings to its mother at ZSL London Zoo

Photo Credit: ZSL London Zoo/ Sheila Smith

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