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September 24, 2013: TWO RARE MONKEYS BORN AT SANTA ANA ZOO: Local Zoo Celebrates Birth of Colobus and Capuchin Monkeys; Continues to Advance Its Breeding Program for Endangered Species
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a black-and-white Colobus Monkey. The baby monkey was born on Sept. 1. The mother, Kianga, was the first Colobus ever born at the Santa Ana Zoo and this baby marks the second generation born at the zoo.

Native to Eastern and Central Africa, the rare Colobus monkey is an unmistakable animal with a black body accented by flowing white hair and a long bushy tail. At birth the endearing newborn monkey is covered in curly white hair with a pale rosy face. By four months old the young Colobus monkey will complete its transformation to remarkable black-and-white adult coloration and weigh on average 25 to 30 pounds.

Additionally, the Santa Ana Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a new baby Crested Capuchin monkey. Born on Aug. 29, this exceptional baby Capuchin, spends the days hitching a ride on its mother's back and belly as she carefully carries the baby around their home. The Santa Ana Zoo has the most successful breeding program for this endangered species in the United States and this is the fourth baby Capuchin born at the Zoo. Photos of the Santa Ana Zoo's new arrivals can be found on the Zoo's Facebook page. Zoo-goers can see the new baby monkeys in their habitats during regular Zoo hours.

"The Colobus Monkey is known for its energy and antics, and our new baby is already very curious at just one week old, and the first-time parents are doing a great job," says Santa Ana Zookeeper Jill Sanders. "We're thrilled to once again have the opportunity to share in the excitement of two live births that play a continuing role in the preservation of the Colobus and Capuchin monkeys."

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a golden-headed lion tamarin on April 2, 2013. Closely related to the golden lion tamarin, golden-headed lion tamarins have a black body with a golden-orange face and hands. Weighing less than 1 pound as adults, the babies tip the scale at about 1/8th of a pound! These rare monkeys are only found on the Atlantic coast of Brazil and are on special loan from the Brazilian government.

Zoos have worked together for several decades on the conservation of this species. Captive breeding, habitat restoration, conservation education and reintroductions into the wild are all part of the international effort to protect this species. "We are proud that the Santa Ana Zoo is a leader in the breeding of lion tamarin monkeys, this birth is a great boost to the conservation program" says Ray Cosper, Zoo Curator. The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park has a special focus on South American monkeys and the family of five golden-headed lion tamarins is one of the fifteen species of South American monkeys living at the Zoo.

The new baby is on view for the public during normal Zoo hours.

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