A black and white colobus monkey was born at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House on Jan. 14, 2014. This birth is particularly significant as the 26-year-old mother has become the oldest colobus monkey to ever give birth in any Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoo, according to a Saint Louis Zoo news release.
Colobus infants are born with all white hair and a pink face. In contrast, adults are primarily black, with white hair encircling their faces and half of their tails. They have a distinctive mantle of long white hair extending from their shoulders around the edge of their backs. Infants will change gradually until they reach adult coloration at about 6 months.
Roberta, an experienced mother and the group's matriarch, is taking great care of her newborn. Naming will await the determination of the monkey's gender. She has two other offspring, 3-year-old male, and 1-year-old female, Pili.
The family can be seen at the Primate House, where visitors can see the infant poking its head out to look at its new world. Families can also "adopt" a colobus monkey for Valentine's Day. Valentine adoption packages are available for $40 and include a plush colobus monkey, card, adoption certicate and other goodies. Proceeds go towards the care of the zoo animals.
The Saint Louis Zoois located at 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63110. Call 314-781-0900.