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Dallas Zoo welcomes two new monkey babies
Apr 2, 2014

Mandrill is first in 24 years; tiny titi is parents’ eighth

There’s a primate baby boom this spring at the Dallas Zoo, upping the adorable quotient at Texas’s oldest and largest zoo. A new mandrill arrived on Friday and a new titi monkey was born on March 11.

Mandrill: The new baby is the first at the zoo in 24 years, born to first-time parents Milo, 17, and Saffron, 14. Saffron is being an excellent new mother, keeping the baby close. Mandrills are the world’s largest monkeys, close relatives of baboons and drills and native to tropical rainforests in countries such as the Congo, Cameroon and Gabon.  Charles Darwin, the famed naturalist, once wrote that “no other member of the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrill.” Milo and our three females are brightly colored in shades of red, yellow, pink, black, white, blue, scarlet and purple. Guests will see the baby in the mandrill habitat in the Wilds of Africa.


Titi monkey: The new titi is the eighth spring baby in a row for parents Cory and Bolivia. When the little one isn’t nursing with Bolivia, dad Cory is the main caregiver. The baby rides around on dad’s back, and also has been seen riding atop its brother. Adult titi monkeys form lifelong partnerships and often sit with their tails intertwined in their habitat on Primate Place, where they alternating time outdoors with the saki monkeys.

The new babies won’t be named until their sex can be determined. Both appear healthy, but the zoo’s veterinary team will wait until mom and babies have more time to settle in before they administer routine health exams. Zoo staff and volunteers are observing all of the babies to ensure that they’re nursing and meeting appropriate development milestones.

The new little ones follow on the heels of two other recent primate births: a male chimpanzee, named Mshindi, on Jan. 26; and a colobus monkey, Anna, the sixth born to parents LaBounee and Kirby.


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