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Rare monkey born at zoo

Baby Asmara clings on to her mother Photo: Dave Rolfe

A baby grizzled leaf monkey has been born at Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury. Asmara is the twentieth birth to join the family. Howletts is home to the only group of the species, outside their native country, Java.

Much of their land has been threatened by the destruction of the rain forest. The head primate keeper of Howletts told us that The Aspinall Foundation which runs Howletts and Port Lympne Animal Parks launched their latest conservation project in Java late last year.

Baby Asmara Credit: Georgie Barnes

‘The conservation project in Java has just launched and already several endangered indigenous primates have been rescued from illegal ownership and are recuperating in our rehabilitation centre. The aim is to eventually release them back to protected areas in the wild where they can live and breed without threat.’_

– Matt Ford, Head Primate Keeper
Mum keeps an eye on baby Credit: Dave Rolfe