Getting up to monkey business bring double joy

Two rare monkeys have been born at Chester Zoo. The Colombian black-headed spider monkeys, native to Colombia and Panama, arrived within a few days of each other.

Black headed spider monkey are classed as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The species is under pressure from a high rate of habitat loss due to deforestation and hunting for the monkeys meat.

Claire Parry, the zoo’s assistant team manager of primates, said: “both our new black-headed spider monkey mums are taking great care of their little ones, spending lots of time cradling them. They’ll continue to care for them in this way until the youngsters are weaned at the age of 20 months.

“Although sometime known as black-headed spider monkeys, our new arrivals are so young their heads are still rather pink”.