Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Baby Colobus Monkey Born At St. Louis Zoo

A baby colobus monkey is now on view with his family. The male black and white colobus monkey was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on May 20, and is the first colobus to be born at the Zoo in 11 years.

“Mosi” and all Colobus infants are born with all white hair and a pink face. In contrast, adults are primarily black, with white hair encircling their face and half of their tail. They have a distinctive mantle of long white hair extending from their shoulders around the edge of their back. Infants will change color gradually until they reach adult coloration at about six months.

The 23-year-old mother “Roberta” came to the Saint Louis Zoo after attempts to introduce her to the colobus group at Binder Park Zoo in Michigan were unsuccessful. After the move to St. Louis, Roberta was easily integrated with the Zoo’s 11-year-old female “Cecelia,” and Mosi’s father, five-year-old “Kima.”

Full story here.

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