Colobus monkey born at St. Louis Zoo -

Colobus monkey born at St. Louis Zoo

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Willow and Cecelia (Credit: St. Louis Zoo) Willow and Cecelia (Credit: St. Louis Zoo)

ST. LOUIS ( – A female black and white colobus monkey was born at the St. Louis Zoo’s Primate House Jan. 10.

The monkey, named Willow, was born with a pink face and all white hair, but is expected to change gradually until reaching adult coloration, primarily black with white hair around the face and tail, in about 6 months.

“The family dynamic is completely different this year,” says Brooke Johnson, Saint Louis Zoo primate keeper and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutional representative for the black and white colobus monkey. “Older sisters Kivuli and Pili, who were great babysitters for their younger siblings, recently moved to another zoo, where they will hopefully become moms in the future. Now Binti is getting her turn at learning to care for a newborn.”

Colobus monkeys are found throughout forests in east and central Africa.

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