Posted September 23, 2020 in News
Colchester Zoo is very excited to announce a tiny baby Coppery Titi monkey has been born!
Born on the 26th August this is the second successful birth for Mum, Whiskey and Dad, Colby here at Colchester Zoo after they welcomed their first offspring in April last year, a male named Pico.
This species can be quite timid, but the Animal Care Team have been monitoring the family closely and the new arrival is doing well. Mum Whiskey carried the baby for a gestation period of around 160 days and although she is responsible for nursing the baby for the first few months, it is dad Colby who has been happily taking on the role of carrier for the majority of the time. This is common in many primates including tamarins and marmosets, even Pico has taken a turn in carrying his younger sibling under the watchful eye of dad!
Titi monkeys are native to Brazil and known as an arboreal species; spending most of their time high up in the trees. This species of monkey is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
When a pair meet, smell is very important to them and they will often sniff each other’s faces as well as sleeping with their tails intertwined.
Stop by our Rainforest walkthrough on your next visit and see if you can spot the latest addition to the family!