Red Howler Monkey baby born at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
20th October 2021
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of a rare Red Howler Monkey. It's thought to be the first ever birth of this rare species in the UK.
Baby Pablo was born two-weeks-ago and can now be seen cradling proud mum Tila in the new South America reserve. He will spend the next few months clinging tightly to his mum, while being supervised by park keepers.
His mum and dad, Geronimo, both brightly coloured and vocal Venezuelan Red Howlers (Alouatta seniculus), only arrived at the park earlier this year.
Red Howler Monkey males have a huge part to play in the rearing of young in their groups, and Pablo has already been seen interacting a lot with his dad, Geronimo.
Primates Team Leader at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Greg Clifton, said:
This is an extremely important birth for this rare species of primate and could be the first time that this species has been bred in the UK. “Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of only 6 zoos in Europe to hold Red Howler monkeys and these are the only ones in England.
Greg Clifton, YWP’s Primates Team Leader
He added: "He’s a very lucky baby as the Primate team have seen him being carried by both females in our group. Our older female Namid has bred before in the past so has been showing our first time mum Tila how it’s done."