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14Aug
2015
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Mandrill Monkey Born in Jacksonville Zoo.

I am glad to say that in the following story mother and infant are doing very well, and the new baby monkey is a welcome visitor to the zoo. Deanna (the proud mother)has now produced four babies and all are doing fine. Deanna and her babies are Mandrill Monkeys and have very colourful noses, as you can see below.

The Mandrill is like a Baboon or Drill Monkey  and is normally found in parts of Africa. Mandrills mostly live in tropical rainforests. The Mandrills have an omnivorous diet consisting mostly of fruits and insects.

 

Kumani, another female offspring of Deanna’s, is currently sharing the living space with her mother and the newest addition and is gaining valuable experience by observing maternal behavior. Deanna and the little one were officially introduced to the public on March 23. From now on, they will rotate on and off exhibit with mandrills Douglas and Gucci.Mandrills are the largest of all monkeys. Shy and reclusive, these primates are found only in African equatorial rain forests. They can easily be identified by their colorful blue and red facial markings and their bright pinkish-red behinds. Mandrills are threatened. Considered a delicacy by many Africans, they are hunted as bushmeat. In additon, the increase in the use of land for agriculture and human settlement is shrinking the rain forest they call home.

Source: Mandrill – ZooBorns