Welcome to the Safari West family little patas monkey!
Proud parents Izzie and Maurice welcomed a brand new baby into the world in early September. The tiny primate arrived hale and hearty and both he and his mother are doing great.
You may notice, the little fellow doesn’t look exactly like his parents. While they’re a golden tan color, his fur is much darker. The prevailing theory is that this helps both mother and child with camouflage. While we think of monkeys as living primarily in trees, patas monkeys actually spend most of their time on the ground, foraging in the grasslands. Among those dry stalks that tan color blends in beautifully. It’ll be a while before the new baby is foraging on his own, so in the meantime, he’ll cling to his mother, dangling dark-furred and quiet in the shadow cast by her body.
While patas monkeys are common in the wilds of sub-saharan Africa, they are rare in American zoos. In fact, this birth brings the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) population to 75! This human managed population provides a great service to their wild cousins by allowing us to more diligently study their biology and behaviors. This new baby, like his parents before him, gives us a huge opportunity to learn more about the wild animals and places we share the world with.
Happy Birthday baby patas monkey!