Primates

Birth captured on camera

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey, which was captured on camera by one of our delighted primate keepers. Twenty year-old Valentine gave birth to the tiny baby last week just as Senior Keeper, Harley Hunt arrived at their indoor den. Harley said: “As soon as I realised Continue reading Birth captured on camera

Nina, our two-month-old Colombian black spider monkey is growing up so quickly – just look at her tiny teeth! A critically endangered new world monkey species, spider monkeys have a very similar dental count to humans, but with an extra pre-molar. Senior Keeper Jade Reddall, who captured the footage, said: “We’ve noticed Nina’s teeth appearing Continue reading Baby steps and baby teeth!

Celebrating orangs

It’s International Orangutan Day and we’re raising awareness for these critically endangered great apes.   Rapid habitat loss, mainly due to palm oil plantations, as well as illegal poaching and hunting is pushing the primates to the brink of extinction. Experts also claim this magnificent species could be wiped off the planet in the next Continue reading Celebrating orangs

Hello Flo!

We’re very excited to introduce you to Flo, our female Linne’s two-toed sloth. The one-year-old has joined us from Dierenpark Amersfoort in the Netherlands to partner four-year-old Reggie, as part of a European Studbook Breeding Programme (ESB). DZC Curator Richard Brown said: “Flo’s arrival is fantastic news for the zoo. “It’s been a species we’ve Continue reading Hello Flo!

Camera trap footage has captured our Colombian black spider monkeys, Evita and Chester, settling into parenthood with their newborn daughter, Nina. At almost a fortnight old, keepers are delighted to confirm the critically endangered primate is female, with her name meaning ‘girl’ in Spanish – the country’s official language. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall Continue reading Camera captures newest family

Rare monkey arrival

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey – our first in four decades. Evita, 16, gave birth in the outside paddock in front of stunned onlookers on Friday – one of the hottest and busiest days on site! DZC Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is incredibly exciting news Continue reading Rare monkey arrival