(KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Zoo welcomed a new resident this January. A black and white colobus monkey was born at zoo’s primate house on Jan. 14.
Roberta, the 26-year-old mother, is the oldest colobus monkey to ever give birth in any Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoo.
She has two other offspring; a 3-year-old male, Mosi and 1.5-year-old female, Pili.
Also in the family group is Cecelia, age 15, and her baby, 1-year-old female, Kivuli and the father, Kima, age 8.
The newest colobus will be named once its gender is determined.
“Kivuli and Pili are very interested in the new infant,” said Joe Knobbe, zoological manager of primates at the Saint Louis Zoo. “Roberta allows them to look, but not get too close, even scolding them if they don’t behave around the baby. For the youngsters, it’s important that they learn from the adults how to properly care for and interact with infants.”
The colobus monkey is a threatened species. In the wild it’s found throughout the forests of east and central Africa. The birth is part a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black and white colobus monkeys in North American zoos.
The family can be seen at the primate house.