Baby Colobus Monkey Born At The St. Louis Zoo

Posted on: 9:37 am, November 16, 2012, by and , updated on: 05:26pm, November 16, 2012

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.

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  • Sifaka And Mother

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  • Sifaka And Mother

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  • On April 7, a male banteng, named Cruze, arrived. An endangered species of wild cattle native to Southeast Asia, both male and female banteng calves are born with red coats, but during their first year of life, juvenile bantengs develop their characteristic white stockings and rump patches. At this time juvenile banteng bulls' coats gradually turn from red to black. (Courtesy: St. Louis Zoo Winkelman)

  • At Penguin & Puffin Coast, the Zoo welcomed two Humboldt penguin chicks, born March 16 and 17. These threatened birds live in Peru and Chile. (Courtesy: St. Louis Zoo Mandi Nordin)

  • A black and white colobus (CAHL-uh-bus) monkey was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on Jan. 14, 2014. This birth is particularly significant as the 26-year-old mother has become the oldest colobus monkey to ever give birth in any Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoo. Courtesy: Ray Meibaum

  • A black and white colobus (CAHL-uh-bus) monkey was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on Jan. 14, 2014. This birth is particularly significant as the 26-year-old mother has become the oldest colobus monkey to ever give birth in any Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoo. Courtesy: Ray Meibaum

  • A black and white colobus (CAHL-uh-bus) monkey was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on Jan. 14, 2014. This birth is particularly significant as the 26-year-old mother has become the oldest colobus monkey to ever give birth in any Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoo. Courtesy: Ray Meibaum

  • (Courtesy: Ray Meibaum St. Louis Zoo) A female baby Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on January 21, 2014, and can now be seen by visitors. This is the fourth baby for mother, Almirena.

  • (Courtesy: Ray Meibaum St. Louis Zoo) A female baby Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on January 21, 2014, and can now be seen by visitors. This is the fourth baby for mother, Almirena.

  • (Courtesy: Ray Meibaum St. Louis Zoo) A female baby Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on January 21, 2014, and can now be seen by visitors. This is the fourth baby for mother, Almirena.

  • (Courtesy: Ray Meibaum St. Louis Zoo) A female baby Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on January 21, 2014, and can now be seen by visitors. This is the fourth baby for mother, Almirena.

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