June 19, 2013
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of a new baby Colobus monkey, born overnight on June 11. The baby is now on exhibit with its mother and father. This is the fifth baby born to the Zoo's female Colobus.
"We had suspicions that our female Colobus was going to give birth soon, but it wasn't certain," said Sam Winslow, Assistant Director and General Curator. "We got the confirmation on Wednesday morning when we discovered the baby, and are thrilled that she's been able to reproduce again."
Colobus monkeys have long black fur with a white ring that runs along the sides of their backs to the tail, but are born all white and remain white for up to a year. The name "Colobus" comes from a Greek word meaning "mutilated," referring to their lack of thumbs. Colobus monkeys are found in the forests of Africa along the equator.
For more information about visiting hours at the Zoo, please visit www.brzoo.org.
About BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation.