Rare De Brazza's Monkey Born at San Diego Zoo, Boosting Vital Conservation Efforts

Rare De Brazza's Monkey Born at San Diego Zoo, Boosting Vital Conservation EffortsSource: Steve Wilson - over 6 million views ThanksĀ !! from Chester, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Ben J. Costas
Published on November 16, 2023

For the first time in over 26 years, a De Brazza's monkey has been born at the San Diego Zoo. The new arrival, born on October 28, is the offspring of Lillie and Augustus, with its gender yet to be determined.

As stated by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, the infant monkey can be spotted clinging to its mother in the Lost Forest habitat.

De Brazza's monkeys are native to central Africa and are typically found in forested areas near rivers and waterways. As the infant grows, it will start to walk and climb in the coming weeks to stay near its mother until weaned at around one year old. These monkeys boast white facial hair resembling a beard.

Visitors can see the newborn monkey and its family at the Lost Forest habitat in the San Diego Zoo.

In addition, on December 8, the Zoo will launch 'Jungle Bells,' a festive event filled with holiday decorations, music, street entertainers, and unique food items sponsored by California Coast Credit Union. The view of various wildlife will only enhance the experience. This event, running through January 1st, 2024, will feature extended hours, excluding December 24.