Golden-bellied mangabey monkey born at Budapest Zoo.
Photo: A small baby monkey scratches the head of an adult monkey. Only 12 zoos are believed to have golden-bellied mangabeys. (Attila Kovacs/MTI via AP)
A rare monkey only held by a handful of zoos around the world has been born in Budapest, bringing the total in captivity globally to 27.
The baby golden-bellied mangabey, whose species originates in the forests of West Africa, was born October 22.
Budapest Zoo spokesman Zoltan Hanga said on Friday the infant had not yet been named or its gender determined because keepers did not want to disturb the monkeys’ intimacy to inspect the newborn.
Mr Hanga said only 12 zoos have golden-bellied mangabeys.
Photo: A small baby monkey sits close to an adult monkey.The baby monkey will contribute to preserving genetic diversity among the members of its species in captivity. (Attila Kovacs/MTI via AP)
The ancestors of this infant’s father are from zoos in the United States while the mother’s are from European zoos, so the baby monkey is contributing to preserving genetic diversity among the members of the species in captivity.
Mr Hanga said their exact preservation status in the wild is unknown.via AP