The Goeldi’s monkey family at the Lee Richardson Zoo recently welcomed a new addition with the birth of a third baby to parents Domingo and Sucre. Born May 31st, the tiny infant is doing well, clinging tightly to mom as she springs around the branches of their exhibit.
These petite black primates weigh just 1-2 ounces at birth, and grow to 14-18 ounces as adults. The baby is barely visible as it blends in perfectly with Sucre’s jet black fur, so look for a slender tail wrapped around mom’s tummy, an area that looks like tousled hair on her back, or a tiny round head and face about the size of a donut hole.
The baby is the third for its parents, and a birth planned by the Callimico (aka Goeldi’s monkey) Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program for rare animals coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The Goeldi’s family, including parents and two older sisters born last year, are all on display in the rainforest exhibit inside the Marie Osterbuhr Aviary building. Zoo staff will wait to determine its gender until the baby is moving around independently, at about six weeks of age.
Goeldi’s monkeys live in the tropical forests of South America’s Western Amazon basin. Listed as Vulnerable in the wild, the species is threatened by deforestation and poaching. This “elfin” primate powerhouse navigates its arboreal home, leaping from tree to tree, jumping up to 13 feet in a single bound.