Two baby squirrel monkeys have recently arrived at ZSL London Zoo this month.
Both the babies were born to different mothers, Avril and Francis. One of the two was born on the 5th of June and the other on June 9th. Moreover, the newborns already have nicknames: Teeny and Tiny.
According to the zookeepers the two newborns are “doing really well”.
Rowan Swainson a zookeeper said, “Both the new little ones, who we’ve nicknamed Teeny and Tiny, are doing really well.” She goes on to add, “Avril and Francis have started to bring them out of their cozy indoor dens, so visitors can now spot both duos hanging out in the trees outside.
Subsequently, now their infants can be spotted at the zoo.
Squirrel monkeys live in the tropical forest of Central and South America. Native to the upper Amazon in Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia, they can be sighted in the upper canopies. The species carry their babies on their backs continuously for about 6 to 10 weeks. Therefore, the zoo will not be able to determine their gender until they break free of their mothers.
Additionally, their groups have a range of up to 500 individuals. Their calls include warning signs to protect their groups from large falcons. The birds pose a natural threat to the species. In addition to this, there are a number of other threats. They are omnivores and primarily feed on fruits and insects.
The animal reaches maturity by the age of 2-2.5 for females, whereas for males they reach maturity by 3.5-4 years. Their gestation period consists of 150 to 170 days.
ZSL London zoo is working alongside other zoos in the country to develop breeding programs with the aim to multiply their numbers.
If you happen to visit the ZSL zoo anytime soon be sure to spot the adorable little infants clinging on to their mothers.