Yorkshire Wildlife Park: pictures as staff celebrate birth of an endangered roloway monkey
Proud Kayla and Rafiki became parents for the second time on December 3.
The special delivery is another huge triumph to Yorkshire Wildlife Park - their first baby and now protective big brother, Kumasi, was born in 2020 at the park. At the time it was the first birth of its kind in the UK and a major success as only three babies were born worldwide that year
Primates team leader Greg Clifton said: “This is a very exciting birth for us here at YWP as the Roloway monkeys are on the verge of extinction and are likely to become extinct in the wild over the coming few years, so breeding them here at YWP is major triumph for the European breeding programme and the species.
“Although it’s too early to tell the sex of the new baby, this species develops very quickly so it won’t be long before we can reveal the gender and pick a name.
“It’s been so nice seeing Kumasi really interested in his new sibling. He has been following the new baby everywhere. I’m really proud of how hard our team worked introducing Kayla and Rafiki since they arrived."
The striking black and white Roloway monkeys, which are native to Ghana in West Africa, are only ones of their kind in the UK and part of the European Breeding programme, which is key in conserving healthy populations of animals in captivity.
The joyous news comes just weeks after the UK’s first red howler monkey baby, Pablo, was born. Last year, YWP had three other endangered primate births - as well as Pablo in October there were critically endangered cotton-top tamarin twins in August.
There are just 200 Roloway monkeys left in the wild and 33 Individuals living in zoos and wildlife parks This species is one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates and is classed as critically endangered due to deforestation and the bush-meat trade.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a dynamic centre for conservation and welfare. The 175-acre park gives visitors the chance to get almost face to face with some of the world's most beautiful and rare animals including polar bears, leopards, tigers and giraffes.
There is still the chance to see the spectacular Winter Illuminations at the park before they close on January 9.