It’s International Macaque Day when we raise awareness of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque.
Their numbers have been slashed by 90 per cent over the last 30 years on their native Indonesian island of Sulawesi, because of extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and pet trade, which makes the arrival of our little seven week-old girl, Keke, extra special, as we help maintain healthy captive bred populations as a safety net against extinction.
The youngster was born to mum, Jasmine and dad, Tambo in January and has been coming on leaps and bounds and is now even trying her best to climb!
Lower Primates Team Leader, Jodie Dryden, said: “Although Jasmine is still keeping a close eye on baby Keke, she is allowing her to move away slightly and explore things on her own, but never more than out of arms reach.
“Keke is learning vital skills from watching mum and dad and we will begin to see her mimic their behaviour with feeding, playing, communicating and climbing.”
As part of in-situ conservation commitment we’re continue to be proud supporters of Selamatkan Yaki, a project working out in Indonesia to protect the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque as we help fund their outreach work with local people.
Here at DZC, not only do we have Jasmine, Tambo and baby Keke in our breeding group, we also have Steve, Sophie and Simon, our non-breeding group.