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Zoo Celebrates Birth of Four Monkeys, One a First

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park celebrated multiple visits from the stork this past July, each with fuzzy baby monkeys.

The first was the July 20 birth of a Black-and-White Colobus Monkey. The baby is often seen exploring at the encouragement of its older brother (born last September), but always under the watchful eye of its mother. While the young Colobus was born all white, it is already showing signs of its adult black and white coloring, a transformation that will be complete by the time it is four months old.

On July 23 came the birth of twin Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins. These two babies have coloration like their adult counterparts, black fur with distinct golden-orange faces and hands. The babies spend their days clinging to their mother's fur as she bounces around their home, often with one on her back and the other on her belly or skillfully balanced with one on each side.

Next was the July 24 birth of a black Howler Monkey. This is the first Howler Monkey born at the Santa Ana Zoo and for its mother, Grita. While Grita keeps her baby close to her chest, she can often been seen in the lower trees in the Edge of the Amazon exhibit. Howler Monkeys are born a light tan color, similar to the adult females of the species. As they mature to adulthood, the males will darken to all black.

"It is rare and exciting to have so many baby monkeys at one time," said Lauren Bergh, Zoo Education Specialist. "Guests will love bringing their 'little monkeys' to watch and learn how these monkeys play and interact with their families as they grow. As we all know, they won't stay babies for long."

Come celebrate the baby monkeys by visiting the Santa Ana Zoo, open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Established in 1952, the Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 150 animals, including 50 interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species.

Tiny Twin Tamarins Win the Hearts of Local Zoo-goers

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of twin golden-headed lion tamarins on March 12, 2014. With only 75 of these rare tamarins living in North America, the tiny tots - weighing in at 1/8th of a pound - are a boon to the captive breeding program. Golden-headed lion tamarins are unmistakable jet black monkeys accentuated with sunshine orange hair on their hands and faces. Senior Zookeeper Jenny Walker says "Child rearing is a family affair with tamarins; the parents and older siblings all pitch in to help out." She continues, "We're so privileged to share these extraordinary animals with Zoo visitors through a special loan program from the Brazilian Government."

Zoo visitors can observe the new babies daily in their habitat where they ride around on their parents for the first two months of life.

There's a New Baby Nosing Around Santa Ana

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is delighted to announce the birth of a healthy giant anteater pup. Born on March 24, 2014, the new anteater is the third birth since the opening of the Tierra de las Pampas South American grasslands exhibit four years ago. Anteaters remain uncommon in North American zoos, and the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is quickly proving to be a leader in anteater reproduction.

Giant anteaters are most closely related to sloths and armadillos, an odd group of animals native the Americas. Zoo Registrar Ethan Fisher says, "Believe it or not, anteaters have no teeth." He continues, "They rely on their extra long tongue covered in sticky saliva to feed on termites and ants in their native grasslands." Zoo keepers feed an artificial diet consisting of cat food, spinach, eggs, papaya, and banana. The tasty concoction is soaked in water and blended to a puree before being lapped up by the anteaters.

The new baby may be difficult for visitors to see for the next few weeks while he's spending quality time bonding with his mother. Anteater pups ride on the back of their mother and quickly grow to adult size in about one year. Congratulation cards are being accepted at the zoo on behalf of the new parents, father, Peter the Anteater and mother, Heesoo of Troy.

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