- Published 31/10/2017 It’s looking a lot like Christmas … at Bristol Zoo Gardens
We're celebrating the pitter patter of tiny primate feet, following the birth of an endangered drill monkey.
The new addition is just day’s old, weighs approximately 800g and was born to male Rourke and female Ineke.
John Partridge, Senior Curator of Animals at the Zoo said: “Ineke is proving to be a brilliant mum. At first she didn’t quite know what to do or even how to hold her baby but she has come a long way in the days since she gave birth. She now looks very nurturing. Her little one is still too young to be sexed but is a good size and is looking very strong which is great for us to see. Like any new dad, Rourke is keeping a watchful eye on the new-born and Ineke and staying close-by most of the time.”
Drills are one of the rarest and most endangered primates in Africa and Bristol Zoo is one of only four collections in Great Britain to have these endangered primates.
The population of this species has declined by 50 per cent over the past 30 years and is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
In the wild, drills mostly live in the lowland and coastal forests of Western Africa - in the countries of Cameroon, Nigeria, and on the coastal island of Bioko.
Numbers in the wild have been steadily declining for several decades due to hunting, habitat destruction and human development. There are now thought to be fewer than 3,000 left in their native habitat. Across the world there are only 85 in captivity across 20 zoos.
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