A tiny monkey with fur as white as snow has arrived just in time for Christmas at ZSL London Zoo. The black and white colobus monkey (Colobus guereza), was born to mum Sophia after a six month gestation, on Monday 14 December, and joins the Zoo’s 15-strong troop.
Zookeeper Tracey Lee said: “Our new black and white colobus monkey is currently covered from head to toe in startling white fur, guaranteeing us a white Christmas here at ZSL London Zoo. “The one-week-old’s hair will eventually darken to resemble the bold monochrome look of his parents and siblings, but that won’t be for a few months yet. We couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present this year!”
The infant’s name will be decided once keepers know if it’s a boy or girl, but it’ll be given a moniker to match the Zoo’s tradition of naming colobus monkeys after bones in the body, joining siblings Atlas, Maxilla and Anvil.
Black and white colobus monkeys live in large social groups, and all play a part in the upbringing of infants – behaviour already being seen at the Zoo, with the infant’s aunts queuing up for a cuddle with the new arrival. Black and white colobus monkeys face threats in the wild from habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade, including being hunted for their fur and as bushmeat.
You can check out the new arrival and visit the whole colobus monkey troop at ZSL London Zoo this Christmas. Open every day except for Christmas Day, book tickets online now at www.zsl.org
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