NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The Buttonwood Park Zoo is celebrating the birth of a Bolivian gray Titi monkey.
This is the second birth of that species at the zoo. In 2017, parents Crumpet and Madeira gave birth to a boy monkey named Biscuit. He was named by the zoo’s social media followers. The new baby has not been named yet and its gender is unknown at this time.
According to the zoo, there are less than 55 Bolivian Gray Titi monkeys at 18 Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions in North America. They weigh around two to three pounds as adults and have a lifespan of 20-25 years. The baby will remain on the back of one parent for several months and about 80% of that time will be with the dad, Crumpet.
“Since opening Rainforest, Rivers & Reefs in 2017, the Buttonwood Park Zoo has been actively involved in collaborative breeding programs based on maximizing the genetic diversity of New World primates, including Titi monkeys,” Zoo Director Keith Lovett said. “These programs, combined with efforts to conserve primate habitats in South America, are core to the Zoo’s mission of saving wildlife.”
The Bolivian Gray Titi monkeys are among five other species of small South American primates inside the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs exhibit. The exhibit focuses on the conservation of endangered and threatened species from South America and the health of the world’s oceans while connecting guests with small, endangered primates from regions of South America and ocean-dwelling species from around the world.