The yet-unnamed monkey is a sibling of "Mosi," now 13 months old and the first colobus to be born at the zoo in 11 years. The 24-year-old mother "Roberta" came to the Saint Louis Zoo in 2010 after attempts to introduce her to the colobus group at Binder Park Zoo in Michigan were unsuccessful. After the move to St. Louis, Roberta was integrated with the zoo's 13-year-old female Cecelia, and both the new baby's and Mosi's father, 6-year-old Kima. The family of five is now on exhibit. Visitors can see the infant poking its head out to look at its new world.
Colobus infants are born with all white hair and a pink face. In contrast, adults are primarily black, with white hair encircling their face and half of their tail. They have a distinctive mantle of long white hair extending from their shoulders around the edge of their back. Infants will change color gradually until they reach adult coloration at about six months.
Colobus monkeys are found throughout the forests of central Africa. The birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Colobus Species Survival Plan, a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black and white colobus monkeys in North American zoos.
The baby colobus monkey is on display in the Primate House.
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