Baby L’Hoest’s monkey arrives by cesarean delivery
A female L’Hoest’s monkey (Allochrocebus lhoesti) was born on July 23 by a caesarean performed on her 9-year old mother.
Indeed, when dystocia (difficult delivery) is confirmed, the veterinary team must intervene very quickly to allow the birth of the baby.
After careful consideration, because the baby did not present a sufficient grasping reflex (and because her mother was an inexperienced primiparous female), the vet put her in an incubator at the zoo nursery where she immediately started being fed by the keepers.
A few days later, her incubator was put in the corridor of the monkey building, just in front of the L’Hoest’s monkeys’ cage. This early return in close proximity to her group should allow the baby to have visual and auditory contact with her peers and facilitate her future reintroduction with them within a few months.
For the time being the baby receives bottles of 20ml of milk every two hours from 8am to midnight. She’s very dynamic and reacts positively to the presence of the other L’Hoest’s monkeys who are also very interested by this stirring baby.
L’Hoest monkeys live in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, western Rwanda and Uganda. Adults have a brilliant white ruff around their neck and ambered-coloured eyes. Youngsters have brown-red coast that darken with age.
Surprisingly, L’Hoest’s monkeys move mainly on the ground and use the trees only for foraging, sleeping or avoiding predators. They are omnivorous and feed on fruits, seeds, leaves, insects, bird eggs…
Classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, the species is threatened by deforestation and hunting for bushmeat. It is housed at La Palmyre since 1980.