Dudley Zoo welcomes a new resident after the birth of a rare monkey species

Dudley Zoo has seen a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey birth for the first time in four decades Credit: Dudley Zoo and Castle

Dudley Zoo and Castle has welcomed a new resident after the birth of a rare monkey species.

The little Colombian black spider monkey was born in the outside paddock of the Zoo in front of onlookers on Friday (July 31).

It was the first birth of the critically endangered species in four decades.

Mum Evita and the baby are said to be doing well, they are living together as a natural family unit with 15-year-old dad, Chester.

Credit: Dudley Zoo and Castle

Listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union of the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, Colombian spider monkeys are hunted for their meat, as well as being under threat from forest deforestation.

Animals usually give birth in the quiet of the night and we’d prepared for the impending arrival by setting up cameras in the indoor den and made alterations to the off-show area, in case we needed to separate the group, but Evita decided to surprise us all with an outdoor birth in the hot midday sunshine, with visitors alerting keepers to the event.

Dudley Zoo and Castle, Curator Richard Brown:

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