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Critically-endangered baby monkey born at London Zoo

At just eight inches tall and weighing in at just 800 grams London Zoo's tiny new baby monkey has already made a big impression.

The three-week-old Sulawesi crested macaque (Macaca nigra) was born to 17-year-old Winoo after a 174-day-long pregnancy.

The three-week-old Sulawesi crested macaque. Credit: ZSL London Zoo

The infant is expected to triple its weight before autumn this year.

The critically-endangered monkey, who is yet to be named, is being nursed by mum Winoo and will be for at least another six months before gradually moving on to a diet of fruit, leaves and insects.

The baby macaque and mother Winoo. Credit: ZSL London Zoo

Fathered by dominant male Gaston, the infant is the latest addition to the eight-strong troop of Sulawesi crested macaques at the Zoo.

Zookeepers are yet to determine the gender of the baby who stands out from the adults, with its pale features and blue eyes.

The new-born’s eyes will darken with age, and the macaque’s iconic crest of hair will soon appear.

The team at ZSL London Zoo are delighted by the arrival of a new Sulawesi crested macaque, and pleased to confirm that mum and baby are both doing well.

These are sociable monkeys that form close bonds with each other and the group are all showing a keen interest in the new arrival.

The other youngsters in the group will be delighted to have a new playmate, but for now experienced-mum Winoo will be keeping a close eye on her baby.

– Zookeeper Paul Kybett

An important addition to the European breeding programme for endangered species (EEP), Sulawesi crested macaques are under constant threat in the wild from habitat loss and poaching.

Check out the new arrival and visit the Sulawesi crested macaque troop at ZSL London Zoo.