The Greenville Zoo has announced its first birth of 2018.
A baby Angolan colobus monkey was born earlier this month in the primate exhibit and discovered by animal care staff on Jan. 10, according to zoo director Jeff Bullock.
The new baby monkey, which does not have a name yet, has been on exhibit since its birth. The zoo, however, waited to make an announcement until staff was confident the new baby monkey was healthy.
Bullock said the new monkey is the third baby of Nuru and Valentino.
Nuru, the female, and Valentino, the male, have been paired together since June 2015 as part of the Species Survival breeding program. Nuru was born at the San Diego Zoo in 2006, and Valentino was born at Jungle Island in Miami in 2002.
The pair’s first baby was born on Feb. 16, 2016 but died a day later due to head and chest trauma. Their second baby, Zuri, was born on Oct. 14, 2016.
Bullock said the new baby monkey is doing well despite the recent winter weather and that staff should be able to determine its sex in the coming weeks.
Angolan colobus monkeys are born completely white. However, their coats darken over the first couple of months. The species is native to northern Angola and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a second population found in Tanzania and Kenya.
While the Angolan colobus monkey is not threatened with extinction, its habitat is quickly disappearing because of deforestation and agriculture, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
5 facts about Angolan colobus monkeys
- Births peak in September and October.
- While they don’t have thumbs as other monkeys do, Angolan colobus monkeys can leap more than 19.7 feet in the air from tree to tree.
- Adults can grow a tail that is the same length of their bodies.
- Although the species is named after Angola, they are rarely found in that country.
- They are forest dwellers native to dense rainforest in the lowlands and coastal mountains in Africa.