Banham Zoo is celebrating the recent birth of a coppery titi monkey, the third birth in as many years.
The infant is so tiny that, to all but the most observant of visitors, he/she can remain almost hidden from view. Baby red titi monkeys cling to their parent’s backs and as the parents have fairly thick fur the young can be difficult to spot when first born. However, with each passing day the baby is becoming more visible and there are always keepers or volunteers on hand inside the tropical house to help guests spot the new arrival.
Titi monkeys come from South America, specifically Brazil and Peru and are not considered threatened in the wild at the moment because they occur in a remote isolated region. However, Brazil has one of the largest rates of deforestation in the world, losing 640,000 hectares of forest in 2012 alone, compare this to the size of Wales (2 million hectares) and it is quite clear why zoos remain concerned for the future of animals that at the present time are not considered in immediate threat of extinction.
In European zoos titi monkeys are managed within a European Breeding Programme. the youngster, who is still to be sexed by keepers, will eventually depart to help set up a new breeding group in another European zoo, but for the time being he/she will remain at Banham, with mum Izzy, dad Juanito, brother Julio and sister Maitae.