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Zoo Boise Announces Birth of Monkey

6/18/2013

Zoo Boise is happy to announce the birth of a black-crested mangabey monkey. The male baby was born on June 12 to parents, Murphy and Betty. The baby which is currently unnamed can now be seen on exhibit at the zoo. This is the first mangabey monkey born at Zoo Boise.

Betty, 9 years old, came to Zoo Boise from the San Antonio Zoo, where she had previously had one baby. She is very attentive and is proving to being an excellent mother. Visitors watching Betty may notice that she carries the baby upside down. It is not uncommon for mangabey mothers to do this and then turn them right side up for nursing. Murphy, 12 years old, is a first time dad.
Black-crested mangabeys are found in central African and are related to baboons. Their name comes from the black hairs that form a crest on top of their heads. Mangabeys spend most of their time in trees and are excellent jumpers. Newborn mangabeys will cling to their mother’s belly at first, and as they grow, begin to ride on their mother’s back.

Zoo Boise invites the community to Keep Your World Wild; the zoo turns the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action. Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.

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