For the second time in less than a year, Domingo and Sucre’, a pair of petite, black Goeldi’s monkeys at the Lee Richardson Zoo, are enjoying a new addition to their family. The pair met through an “online dating service” coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Callimico (AKA Goeldi’s Monkey) Species Survival Plan (SSP).
The tiny baby, weighing just 1-2 ounces, was born September 11, and will cling tightly to mom’s back for the first few weeks of life. This is the pair’s second offspring, and a birth recommended by the SSP. Their first baby, an older sister born February 12 of this year, and named Tiago with the help of LRZ zoo fans nationwide, is very curious about his new sibling.
Goeldi’s monkeys have long, jet black hair and weigh just 14-18 ounces when grown. The tiny baby is barely visible as it blends in perfectly while clinging to mom’s back, but if visitors look for areas of disheveled hair on the adults, it often reveals the well camouflaged infant.
Sucre’ seems more relaxed with her second baby, as she is already allowing her mate and son to gently groom the baby, under her watchful eye. Zoo staff will wait to handle the infant (and determine its sex) until the baby is moving around independently in six weeks or so.
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 it arboreal home, leaping from tree to tree, and may cover 13 feet in a single bound.