Domingo and Sucre’, a pair of petite, black Goeldi’s monkeys, are the newest parents at the Lee Richardson Zoo. The two met through an “online dating service” coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ ‘Callimico (AKA Goeldi Monkey) Species Survival Plan.’ Domingo, the proud father, came to the zoo in 2006 at the age of three from the Milwaukee County Zoo. Three-year old Sucre’, (French for Sugar) arrived at LRZ from Brookfield Zoo in July. After Sucre’ completed a standard quarantine period, zoo staff began the careful process of helping the two get acquainted, and moved Domingo off exhibit to give the two some neutral territory and privacy. For Domingo it was love at first site, while Sucre’ was more reluctant about the arrangement, but she eventually warmed to his attentions.
Once the two were comfortable with each other, they were moved back to the rainforest exhibit, and staff has been anxiously preparing for this new arrival. Staff first observed the baby Sunday morning as they began their morning rounds. With the parents averaging just 14-18 ounces themselves, the tiny baby is barely visible as it clings to its mother’s upper back. The first time mother is showing excellent maternal instincts, and she will provide sole care of the baby for the first two weeks, after which she will allow dad to help. The baby’s gender has not yet been determined.
Goeldi’s monkeys live in the rain- and mixed deciduous forests of South America’s Upper Amazon basin. Listed as Vulnerable in the wild, the species is threatened by deforestation and poaching. This “elfin” primate powerhouse navigates it arboreal home, leaping from tree to tree, and may cover 13 feet in a single bound.Lee Richardson Zoo’s family may be viewed daily inside the Marie Osterbuhr Aviary but you’ll have to look carefully!