The owl-faced guenon family has expanded!

After a first baby born on October 2012 (16 years after the last owl-faced guenon birth at the zoo!), our female owl-faced guenon (Cercopithecus hamlyni) gave birth to her second baby on January 7, 2013. A very good news for the breeding programme that only has 20 individuals.

The family group has four members: the breeding male (11 years old), the breeding female (7 years old), her daughter born in 2012 and the newborn (probably a male according to initial observations) who is doing well.

Listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, owl-faced guenons are declining in its whole range which extends from eastern DRC to western Rwanda. They are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation and are hunted for their meat.