More additions to the Zoo!

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Over the past few months Edinburgh Zoo has welcomed many newborn animals into its collection, so we have a bit of an update on some of these births, particularly within our Primate Section!

Over at the Magic Forest our female Goeldi’s Monkey Mya, gave birth to her fourth infant with partner Jo on Hogmanay last year! The female monkey will care for the infant for up to 20 days, after which time the father and even older siblings will take turns looking after the infant, so if you are visiting their enclosure you should be able to see the baby clinging on tightly to one of its carers’ backs.

If you look closely you may be able to see our baby Goeldi's monkey peeking out from behind one of it's parents!

The primate baby boom continues over at Living Links where 10 baby Squirrel Monkeys have been born since November of last year. Unlike the Goeldi’s Monkeys the male Squirrel Monkeys play no part in caring for the infants, so if you visit Living Links you will see the youngsters clinging onto their mothers’ backs. After about 5-10 weeks they will start to explore their surroundings and become much more independent. If the behaviour of our previous babies are anything to go by our new youngsters will be very exciting to watch when they get older – we look forward to them constantly leaping, climbing and running about their enclosure!

One of our female squirrel monkeys with her baby on her back

A further addition to the Primate Section is yet another baby Guinea baboon; this brings the troop number up to 45! Although this seems like a lot, it is nothing compared to how these animals live in the wild – they can live in groups that number around 200 individuals. Living in such large groups provides the baboons with more protection from predators such as lions and hyenas. Our Guinea baboons are always exciting to watch, look out for the youngsters swinging about on the ropes and jumping from platform to platform.

The final primate birth to report is that of our Lesser Bushbabies. Our breeding pair, Beatrix and Bobby, have now had their fifth infant which was born on New Year’s Day – they are definitely proving to be very successful parents!

Over on our Hoofstock Section it’s all happening up at our Heck Cattle enclosure where 3 female calves were born at the end of last year. Heck Cattle are very interesting animals; they are the result of an attempt to breed back the ancestral form of domestic cattle – the aurochs. You can find our herd in a large grassy field at the top of the Zoo hill.

We will continue to keep you updated on any new animal births and any other Zoo news, and please take note…the countdown to our Gentoo Penguin breeding season is now on as we expect our keepers to be putting in their nest rings on the 1st March! Make a date to check out our Live Penguin Cam during this time!  



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