Yorkshire Wildlife Park celebrates the birth of a rare baby monkey with adorable snaps
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of a baby monkey who could help save his species from extinction.
While the park hailed him as a “huge triumph”, the Roloway monkey was born last week and is the second baby born to proud parents Kayla and Rafiki.
Their first baby was born at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in 2020 and was the first birth of its kind in the UK.
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Sharing their excitement, Primate Team Leader Greg Clifton said, “This is a very exciting birth for us here at YWP, as the Roloway monkeys are on the verge of extinction and at risk of becoming extinct in the state. wild over the next few years, so breeding here at YWP is a major triumph for the European breeding program and the species.
“While it’s too early to tell the sex of the new baby, this species is growing very quickly, so it won’t be long before we can reveal the sex and choose a name.
“It was so nice to see Kumasi really interested in his new brother.
“He’s followed the new baby everywhere. I’m really proud of our team’s hard work introducing Kayla and Rafiki since their arrival.”
2021 has been a huge success for the park as they have welcomed several arrivals including the UK’s first baby red howler monkey, Pablo.
YWP had three more endangered primate births last year – as well as Pablo in October, there were critically endangered cotton tamarin twins in August.
In December, the park announced the birth of a rare okapi calf – also known as the zebra giraffe.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of four zoos or animal parks in the UK where they can be seen.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park has come a long way since it opened in April 2009, now containing over 400 animals and over 70 different species.
Over 260 acres, it is home to everything from lions to polar bears and is now even a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Located in Doncaster, 2021 saw it celebrate its 12th anniversary and it still attracts thousands and thousands of guests.
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