Zoo welcomes baby howler monkey

July 10th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by under Latest Posts

The ABQ BioPark Zoo celebrated the healthy birth of a howler monkey on Monday, July 7. The baby is doing well and is on exhibit in Tropical America. Zookeepers have not yet determined gender.

Howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) live high in the trees in Central and South America and are known for their loud, boisterous calls. BioPark guests can hear Joe, the zoo’s male howler monkey and the baby’s father, claiming his territory with his calls in the mornings. Fifi, the baby’s mother, has been at the BioPark since 2008.

“The baby is in good hands,” says Lynn Tupa, Zoo Manager. “This is Fifi’s third baby, and she is a good, competent mom.”

Baby howler monkeys are born with yellow hair. Females will remain yellow all their lives, but males begin to turn black around 2-years-old.

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