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Colobus Monkey New Born

The Colobus Monkey, a threatened species, is found throughout the forests of east and central Africa. This new birth is part of the Zoos Colobus Species Survival Plan, which is to manage a genetically healthy population of black and white Colobus Monkeys in North American zoos. Of course, this does not directly help the population in Africa, but at least these beautiful animals will not disappear totally from our lives.


Colobus infants are born with all white hair and a pink face. In contrast, adults are primarily black, with white hair encircling their faces and half of their tails. They have a distinctive mantle of long white hair extending from their shoulders around the edge of their backs. Infants will change gradually until they reach adult coloration at about 6 months.‘Cecelia’, age 16, is an experienced mother who is taking great care of her newborn and 2-year-old daughter ‘Kivuli’. Also in the family is 27-year-old matriarch, ‘Roberta’, mother to 2-1/2-year-old daughter ‘Pili’ and 1-year-old daughter ‘Binti’. Nine-year-old father, ‘Kima’, watches proudly over the family.

Source: Colobus Monkey – ZooBorns