Rare primate birth

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DZG keepers are delighted with the birth of one of the world’s rarest species of primates.

The yellow-breasted capuchin, who keepers have named Ted, was born to ten-year-old Dinya on April 7. Dad is six-year-old Willow.

Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “Ted is growing really quickly and Dinya is being a really attentive mum and is carrying it around on her back or stomach. We won’t be able to sex the youngster until it starts to leave mum, which won’t be for a while.

“The baby’s also getting a lot of attention from big brothers, Spot and Dougal, but they haven’t quite figured out it’s a bit too small to join in with playtime yet.”

The capuchin group, which also includes female, Holly, are part of a European Species Survival Programme (ESSP). They are on loan to DZG from Rio Primate Centre and remain the property of the Brazilian government.

Pat added: “It is thought there are only about 300 yellow-breasted capuchins in the wild and they are among the top 25 rarest primates in the world, so we’re really proud to have bred another of this critically endangered species here at DZG, which is our third in two years.”

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