A rare Bolivian gray titi monkey was born this week at Lincoln Park Zoo, officials said today.
Born Monday, October 17, and is one of only approximately 50 individuals of this species in accredited zoos.
The new arrival, yet to be sexed or named, was born Monday as the eighth offspring for mother Delasol and father Ocala.
Mom and baby both appear to be doing well, zoo officials said. There are only about 50 individuals of this species in accredited zoos.
“We are delighted,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy in a news release. “Delasol is the oldest Bolivian gray titi monkey on record to have given birth, and the newborn’s father and older siblings are already pitching in.”
Titi monkeys mate for life and share parenthood with the whole family. They are very social animals known for sitting close to each other and intertwining their tails together, when both awake or asleep.
The species is native to South American tropical forests and primarily eat fruit and leaves but also enjoy the occasional insect, officials said.
The family is currently on exhibit at the Helen Brach Primate House, according to the zoo.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times