Posted November 2, 2023 in New Arrivals
New addition to our Squirrel Monkey troop!
On 23rd October, female Squirrel Monkey, Milu, gave birth to a single offspring sired by our male, Malcolm!
Milu is an experienced mum, having previously welcomed four offspring – the newest being her fifth! Malcolm has sired five infants since arriving at the Zoo in 2019 and this latest arrival is his sixth. For now, Milu, will carry the new arrival around on her back until it is strong enough to explore and climb on its own.
The new addition is yet to be named by the Animal Care Team but we will be sure to let you know when they have decided upon what it shall be called.
Squirrel Monkeys are one of the most adaptable monkeys in South America. They have very dextrous hands which help them to move with great agility along branches and through undergrowth whilst searching for food such as fruit, nuts, seeds, and insects. Squirrel Monkeys are very social animals and can live in large groups of 30 to 50 individuals in the wild!
Although they are registered as ‘Least Concern’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Squirrel Monkeys are affected every year by the exotic pet trade and the deforestation and destruction of their home.
Our family of Squirrel Monkeys can be seen enjoying their natural surrounding at the Heart of the Amazon. Be sure to try and spot our new arrival on your next visit!