Adorable new faces join the troop
Three arrivals make their debut
We are thrilled to announce the birth of three tiny baby Squirrel monkeys in the Foot Safari’s Monkey Business walk-through.
Weighing in at less than 125 grams each at birth, the new arrivals are thought to have each been smaller in mass than the average banana. As-yet unnamed and unsexed, the five-week old infants were born to first-time mother Penny, experienced mothers, Tye and Bamboo, and the park’s new breeding male Carlos. Although Penny hasn’t reared her own offspring before, she is getting lots of guidance from other members of the troop and keepers are delighted at how well she is taking to motherhood.
Shared babysitting duties
Squirrel monkeys are very social animals and often other females in the 24-strong troop will take over babysitting duties and carry youngsters on their backs. Although still very small, the babies will weigh up to 1kg once fully grown. For the first few months, the babies will feed from their mother’s milk before moving on to solids such as vegetables and insects.
Animal Keeper, Charlie Simpson, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the little trio to the troop and they’re settling in marvelously. The youngsters are spending most of their time clinging onto their mum’s backs at the moment and it’s likely to stay that way for a while. In the next few months they will form ‘playgroups’ which will teach them about social interaction with the troop. The mums are lucky, as there are many other youngsters to keep their little ones entertained when they need a break!”