Born in the early hours of the morning on Monday, 9 October, the week-old infant is the second offspring born to mum, Niari, and the third for dad, Tabah.
We’re pleased to report the tiny youngster, who is the ninth Mandrill to be born at Adelaide Zoo, is thriving under the care of Niari and is clinging tightly to mum.
As a conservation charity, we’re proud to be one of only two zoos in Australia holding this amazing primate and the only Mandrill breeding facility in the country. The yet-to-be-sexed youngster marks an important contribution to the vital breeding program securing a future for this vulnerable species.
The world’s most colourful primate and the largest species of monkey, Mandrills are native to the tropical rainforest and forest savannahs of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo. Habitat loss caused by deforestation and hunting for the bushmeat trade has seen wild Mandrill numbers decline, with this amazing species now classified as vulnerable to extinction.
Visitors to Adelaide Zoo will be able to catch a glimpse of the youngster in the Mandrill habitat with the rest of the horde next door to the Hamadryas Baboon habitat.
The new arrival follows an exciting start to Spring, with five adorable Meerkat pups joining the family in late August and a string of other births on the horizon.