A cherry-crowned mangabey has been born at Paignton Zoo
An unnamed cherry-crowned mangabey male was born on October 21 to mother Kibibi and father Yengo at Paignton Zoo, which brings the soo’s troop up to six – two males and four females.
Head keeper Andrew Fry said: “It’s a family group – mom, dad, sister, granny, aunty and baby. This is the second time they have bred with us – his older sister was born here last summer.”
Named for the patch of red hair on their heads, cherry-crowned mangabeys (Cercocebus torquatus) are African forest monkeys. Their range includes the Omo Forest in Nigeria where Paignton Zoo funds environmental education work.
The species is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, mainly due to habitat destruction and the bush meat trade. The zoo’s troop can be found in the Monkey Heights complex.
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