Baby Monkey Born at Buttonwood Park Zoo
The Buttonwood Park Zoo is celebrating the second birth of a Bolivian gray titi monkey (Callicebus donacophilus). The baby was born on December 19, 2018, to parents Madeira and Crumpet. Baby’s gender is unknown at this time. Crumpet, 4 years-old, and Madeira, 10 years-old, became first-time parents back in 2017 with the birth of their first offspring. Biscuit, named by the Zoo’s social media followers, is now one and a half years old. Biscuit has assumed his role as a big brother and has started to carry his sibling from time to time. The baby is active and starting to explore the habitat more each day.
There are less than 55 Bolivian gray titi monkeys at 18 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions in North America. Bolivian gray titi monkeys weigh around two to three pounds as adults and have a lifespan of 20-25 years. They are diurnal, meaning active during the day, and are an arboreal species. Members of the group exhibit social bonding by sitting side by side and twining their tails. There is a strong bond between adult mating pairs; they stay close and carry out activities together, including infant care. The baby will remain on the back of one parent for several months; about 80% of that time will be with dad, Crumpet.
Seeing as how the dad is Crumpet and the older brother is Biscuit, I think we should call this little one Cookie. Any other suggestions?