Video: Africa Alive welcomes new arrival of rare baby monkey

Africa Alive at Kessingland is celebrating the arrival of a baby colobus monkey.

Africa Alive at Kessingland is celebrating the arrival of a baby colobus monkey. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Staff at Africa Alive, in Kessingland, are celebrating the arrival of a baby king colobus monkey.

The adorable but rare primate was born to proud parents Ebony and Bert and is a welcome addition to the growing family of colobus, with the park now home to six monkeys.

A spokesman for the zoo said staff are pleased with how well the mother is caring for her baby: 'This is Ebony's fifth baby and as always, she is proving to be a very good mother.

'At birth, colobus monkeys are covered in white fur that is gradually replaced with black hair matching the adults. The young are not very agile to begin with and are carried around for some time with the female primarily responsible for its care.

'For this reason, it is difficult to determine the gender of the baby at the moment and therefore, it is still to be named.'

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Originally from the tropical rainforests of West and Central Africa, the colobus is highly endangered due to habitat destruction and are hunted for their fur and meat.

The spokesman added: 'There are very few zoos within Europe that keep this species and none outside of Europe, so this is yet another important addition to the park and will play a crucial role in assisting with the European breeding programme for this species.'

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