Baby Colobus Monkey Born At The St. Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Zoo has announced a new arrival.  A Colobus monkey was born at the Primate House on Halloween.  The baby is named “Kivuli” which is Swahili for ghost or shadow.

The baby  can now be seen at the Primate House. Visitors can see the infant poking its head out to look at its new world.  

Colobus monkeys can be found in the wild in the forests of East and central Africa. The young are born with all white hair and a pink face.  As they approach adulthood they develop a distinctive pattern of hair that extends from their shoulders to their back.  It takes about 6 months for an infant to develop this pattern.

The birth is part of the Colobus Species Survival Plan program.  The Association of Zoos and Acquariums are trying to manage a genetically healthy population of black and white colobus monkeys in North American zoos.