Birth of a De Brazza’s monkey
During 2016 and 2017, our group of De Brazza’s monkeys (Cercopithecus neglectus) went to a significant restructuration following the recommendations of the European Breeding Program coordinator. La Palmyre Zoo being particularly experimented in breeding this species, we received genetically important individuals to form a new breeding group. In exchange, all our De Brazza’s monkeys were sent to other European zoos but in non-breeding situations, their lineage already being widely represented.
Our family group now includes 4 individuals: a male, 2 females and a young born only three weeks ago. Its sex hasn’t been determined yet but the baby is doing well and is already very active.
De Brazza’s monkeys are among the most widespread primates of Africa, occupying the forests of the central equatorial area. They feed on fruits, leaves and insects. They spend more time on the ground and are quieter than other Cercopithecus species. Females usually give birth to a single young after a 5 to 6-month gestation period.