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Monkeys go on the run from Marwell Zoo

Visitors said the zoo was put on lockdown after the monkey made its escape. Credit: Kevin O'Donnell

Two monkeys have given their keepers the runaround after escaping from their cage in Marwell Zoo near Winchester.

Visitors said they were put "on lockdown" and posted photos showing efforts to capture the macaque monkeys as they roamed around.

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The zoo later said "the situation with the macaques is under control" in a tweet, adding "we apologise for any inconvenience".

Endangered baby monkey named by the public

Indah is starting to explore her new home at Marwell Zoo Credit: Natasha Jeffries

A critically endangered eight week old monkey has finally been given her name after members of the public voted.

Marwell Zoo’s adorable Sulawesi-crested macaque has been named Indah!

Indah is now starting to explore her new home with a watchful eye from mum and dad.

Born to mum, Drusilla and dad, Douglas, This is the first macaque born at Marwell for 10 years.

Sulawesi-crested macaques (Macaca nigra) are the most endangered of the seven macaque species found on the island of Sulawesi.

In the wild they live in tropical rainforests and mangrove swamp areas on the Northern Peninsula of the Indonesian island.

The animals face many threats in the wild - one of them is over hunting for food, as they are considered a delicacy in areas of Sulawesi.

“Thank you to all who have voted to help us name our exciting new arrival. The winning name was selected by one of our keepers and means beautiful in Indonesian. She is settling in really well to the group and is at the stage in her development where she is confident to explore.

“Under the watchful eye of mum Drusilla, she can be seen regularly running around and attempting to climb. Her sweet and playful nature has won the hearts of the entire team and visitors alike!”

– Claire Mound, Team Leader of Primates and Small Mammals


Zoo celebrates arrival of new baby monkey

This baby monkey was born at Drusillas Park on 18th March Credit: Drusillas Park

A critically endangered monkey has been born at Drusillas Park as part of a European breeding programme.

The bouncing baby boy arrived on 18th March and is doing well under the guidance of proud parents, Kendari and Moteck; the zoo’s resident Sulawesi crested black macaques.

These large monkeys are very distinctive due to their bright pink bottoms and punk style hair.

They are native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where the population has dropped by more than 80% in the last 40 years and they are now regarded as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

Critically endangered cotton-top tamarins born

It's double trouble for one zoo in Winchester where two baby monkeys have been born.

The twins, which have not yet been named, are cotton-top tamarins and were born at Marwell Zoo.

Their parents, Inca and Roca,have been teaching their one week old babies how to look after themselves but it could be up to five weeks before the babies venture out on their own.

It's not yet known whether the proud parents have given birth to boys or girls.

Tamarins are on the critical endangered list and it's estimated their numbers have decreased by 80 per cent over the past two decades.

"Inca and Roca are first-time parents and they are doing a fantastic job for caring for the twins. Dad takes on most of the carrying duties and Mum takes over to feed them. Cotton tops are generally a bold species so we are looking forward to the babies becoming more independent and causing trouble."

– Claire Mound, Senior Zoo Keeper

Vulnerable monkey keeps keepers guessing

Baby Javan langur monkey Credit: Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Monkey keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent say they've enjoyed "a welcome ray of sunshine" with this brightly coloured addition to one of their Javan langur groups.

The apricot infant was born during some of the harshest weather to hit the county in years – and keepers are delighted at how the little arrival is progressing, their just not sure of its sex.

Simon Jeffrey, animal manager said: "Due to the cold weather we have not yet been able to tell if it is a boy or a girl – as mum has been keeping her youngster very close to her chest.

"It’s too early to tell yet whether this baby will develop a darker colouring."

Javan Langurs are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red list of endangered species and they face the same threats as other primates in Asia, including loss of habitat and hunting.