Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo are celebrating a mini baby boom, after welcoming two newborn squirrel monkeys to the lively troop in one week – just ahead of the Zoo’s first twilight sessions this Thursday (1 July).
Adorable images captured by zookeepers this week show the two new babies, born on Saturday 5 and Wednesday 9 June to two different mums, Avril and Francis, being taken to explore their In with the Monkeys home - a lush, forested area at the heart of the Zoo.
Zookeeper Rowan Swainson said: “Both the new little ones, who we’ve nicknamed Teeny and Tiny, are doing really well – so well in fact, that Avril and Francis have started to bring them out of their cosy indoor dens, so visitors can now spot both duos hanging out in the trees outside.
“Squirrel monkeys carry their babies on their backs continuously for the first six to ten weeks of their lives, so we’ll only be able to find out if the youngsters are male or female when they start to explore on their own.”
Unlike squirrel monkey mums, parents who snap up a new twilight ticket this July will be able to put the kids down and take advantage of the lighter summer evenings to relax and explore London’s zoo on their own at the adults’ only events.
Rowan added: “Luckily, human parents can sometimes take a night off here and there, and we look forward to helping our grown-up visitors enjoy a well-deserved wildlife break without the kids this July – where they can have the Zoo all to themselves as the sun goes down.’
Adult-only twilight sessions at ZSL London Zoo are available on select dates in July: strictly limited and selling out fast!