Birth of baby macaque

Dudley Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of a baby macaque – which was born in front of delighted visitors!

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CAPTION: Picture perfect – Dad Simon, left, and mum Jasmine, right, cuddle their new little bundle of joy (Photo by DZG member Kathryn Willett)

The young Sulawesi crested macaque was born exactly a week ago – on Tuesday 21st July – and is the first macaque birth at DZG for three and a half years.

Some visitors were lucky enough to see the amazing birth and shortly afterwards keen photographer and DZG member Kathryn Willett snapped a beautiful family portrait of the little one with mum Jasmine and dad Simon, shown above.

Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “This is a stunning picture of mum, dad and the new baby. It’s rare to get good photos of them all together as the mother usually keeps the baby hidden away at first.

“It just shows how comfortable the macaques are with our visitors as the birth took place in their wooden shelter, rather than mum moving to a more private area. Some visitors managed to witness the birth itself which is absolutely amazing and we are thrilled with the news.”

webmacaqueDZG’s Head of Upper Primates, Pat Stevens, said: “The birth was only a couple of days after the due date we’d calculated for Jasmine and the baby is doing great.

“It is healthy and clinging on really well to mum. We won’t be able to determine its sex for a little while.”

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LEFT: Thanks to DZG member Karen Edwards for another adorable pic of the new baby with mum Jasmine.

The Sulawesi crested macaque, also known as the Celebes macaque, is an Old World monkey that lives in the northeast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (Celebes) as well as on smaller neighbouring islands. These pink-bottomed, punk-haired monkeys are the most endangered of the seven macaque species – listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature list.

Females give birth after a 174 days gestation period to a single baby. Young animals are nursed for one year and become fully mature in three to four years, females sooner than males.

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Sulawesi crested macaques are entirely black, apart from their pink bottoms

Food that is not eaten immediately can be stored in their cheek pouches for a short time