Keepers welcome baby to black and white colobus monkey troop

Black and white colobus monkey baby Mandible

ZSL London Zoo has welcome a new arrival to its troop of eastern black and white colobus monkeys – a tiny baby named Mandible.

Born to mum Sophia, on 2 February 2017 after a six-month gestation period, Mandible was given her unique moniker by zookeepers to fit with the tradition of naming the Colobus family after bones in the body which includes Mandible’s siblings Anvil and Maxilla.

Bernie Corbett, zookeeper at ZSL London Zoo, said: “Colobus monkeys are born pure white, and they stay this way until they are around five months old when they begin to develop their adult colouring; a glossy black coat with a fringe of long white hairs and a large white tuft at the end of the tail.

“The new-born colobus monkey will cling onto her mum as she swings from tree to tree, leaping metres into the air. Mandible is starting to test out her jumping skills and mimicking mum as she learns new actions and movements.

“Contrary to what many people believe, not all monkeys eat bananas. This species are leaf eaters; they enjoy a range of leaves, flowers and twigs. A particular favourite of the ZSL London Zoo family are the twigs from an apple tree.”

The family of Colobus monkeys at ZSL London Zoo are the largest troop in Europe and second largest in the world according to international zoo database, ZIMS. The family of 17 will be moving home in summer 2018 to a newly renovated enclosure, the iconic Snowdon Aviary, which will be transformed into a walk-through exhibit for the stunning primates.

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