April 22, 2014
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the arrival yet another new baby Colobus monkey, born in the late afternoon on April 4. The baby is now on exhibit with its mother, father and sister. This is the sixth baby born to the Zoo's female Colobus. Her previous baby, a female, was born just last June.
"We were very pleased to learn about the new baby," said Sam Winslow, Assistant Director and General Curator. "Our Colobus monkeys are one of the 54 species on our Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation list, so the excitement of this birth is something that is really shared with zoos across the country."
The SSP is a program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that the Baton Rouge Zoo participates in, as well as all accredited zoos across the country. The goal of the SSP is to maintain a healthy population among endangered animals that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.
Colobus monkeys have long black fur with a white ring that runs along the sides of their backs to the tail, After a gestation period of only five months, Colobus babies are born all white and spend the first 20 weeks clinging to the fur of the mother's chest. Colobus monkeys are found in the forests of Africa along the equator.
About BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation.