New L’Hoest’s monkey baby

October 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

The monkey house at Edinburgh Zoo  is home to a troop of lively L’Hoest’s monkeys and we are delighted to announce that Mum and dad, Tumbili and Kizizi, welcomed their second baby at the end of September, since being introduced to each other in 2010.

At just over three weeks old this L’Hoest’s monkey baby is still snuggled firmly into protective mum Tumbili, who has proven to be a natural when it comes to rearing youngsters.

Mum and baby will be inseparable for the next few months and it won’t be until the youngster is starting to venture off on its own that keepers will be able to identify if it’s a boy or girl and choose a name for this new addition.

Lorna Hughes, primate keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said:

“Every new arrival at the Zoo is fantastic news for us and the particular species, and our new born L’Hoest’s monkey is no exception. At Edinburgh Zoo we manage the European breeding programme for these impressive primates, helping them to survive and thrive.

“Edinburgh Zoo is currently home to this family group as well as another pair of L’Hoest’s monkeys. As a group they are extremely close and have a great dynamic together. They all seem to be interested in the new born baby, however mum Tumbili is still extremely protective so it will be a while before he or she meets the rest of the group. At just over three weeks old the youngster will remain inseparable from mum until around three months old and won’t be fully weaned until around a year old.

“We haven’t been able to identify if it is a baby boy or a baby girl yet, due to the fact mum is keeping it close to her at all times, although hopefully it won’t be too much longer before the youngster starts to venture off, making it easier to sex. It’s always exciting to see the babies grow and take their first few swings through the enclosure, it’s a great group and we’re sure this little one will fit in perfectly!”


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