The Adelaide Zoo is celebrating the birth of an adorable Mandrill baby, the first to be born at the zoo in six years. 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. Adelaide Zoo Acting Senior Primate Keeper Sophie Miller said the tiny youngster, who is the ninth of its species to be born at Adelaide Zoo, was thriving under the care of Niari and appeared strong and healthy.
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. The yet-to-be-sexed youngster marks an important contribution to the vital breeding program securing a future for this vulnerable species.
This little bundle of joy will become more adventurous and confident and start to interact more with the rest of the family and explore more of the habitat over the coming weeks.
What a cutie! We’re excited to see this little furry face next time we visit The Adelaide Zoo.
Visitors 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.