Thursday, February 16, 2012

Santa Ana Zoo Welcomes A Baby Monkey

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park has a new addition – a baby monkey born Jan. 31.

The silvery langur - Trachypithecus cristatus – is still unnamed.

Its parents are Oliver and Daria, and all can be seen in the primate area at the zoo.

Silvery langurs, which eat leaves, are typically found in the dense tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, where they are considered near-threatened due to land clearance, often for palm oil plantations.

The baby monkeys are bright orange at birth with pale skin. Within three to five months the coat becomes grayish, and they eventually weigh up to 15 pounds.

Full story here.