POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 11:40am
Baton Rouge, La — BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of a new baby Colobus monkey, born overnight on June 11.
The baby is now on exhibit with its mother and father. This is the fifth baby born to the Zoo’s female Colobus.
“We had suspicions that our female Colobus was pregnant because she had been gaining weight, but it wasn’t certain,” said Sam Winslow, Assistant Director and General Curator. “We got the confirmation on Wednesday morning when we discovered the baby, and are thrilled that she’s been able to reproduce again.”
Colobus monkeys have long black fur with a white ring that runs along the sides of their backs to the tail, but are born all white and remain white for up to a year. The name “Colobus” comes from a Greek word meaning “mutilated,” referring to their lack of thumbs. Colobus monkeys are found in the forests of Africa along the equator.