LAST week Chester Zoo announced the birth of a rare buffy-headed capuchin monkey.
The baby, whose sex has not yet been determined, arrived after a 180-day pregnancy in August and is one of only eight capuchin monkeys living at the zoo.
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), buffy-headed capuchin monkeys are one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates as more than 80 percent of their habitat has been lost in the wild.
Assistant curator of mammals, Dr Nick Davis, said: “The buffy-headed capuchin is one of the world’s rarest species of primates. In the past they were abundant in the Atlantic rainforests of eastern Brazil but sadly they’re now on the verge of disappearing from the wild because of severe destruction to their habitat and intense hunting.”
He continued: “We’re pleased to say though that our new youngster is doing extremely well and is now confidently out and about, being carried by mum.”
Their diet consists of a wide variety of fruits and leaves as well as insects, young birds and even small mammals.
In the wild, the primates live in groups and are known to communicate through chatters, trills, twitters, whistles and warbles.
The new arrival’s parents were transferred from the Rio Primate Centre in 1991 in a bid to grow the populations of endangered primates held by European Zoos.