FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 20, 2010
Contact: Cathi Decker
FOSAZ Executive Director
(714) 953-8555 x11
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a rare Crested Capuchin monkey (Cebus nigritus robustus) on the 6th of April, 2010.
You may remember the birth of Matteo at the Santa Ana Zoo a couple of years ago. With parents Romeo and Juliet, brother Matteo, and the baby, there are now 13 crested capuchins in the United States.
The crested capuchin is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and this birth is an important contribution to the captive breeding program in the United States.
Crested capuchin monkeys are a medium sized primate native to rapidly disappearing forests along the Atlantic coast of Brazil. In the wild, capuchins feed on a wide variety of fruits, insects, seeds, leaves, and even small mammals.
In 2001 with help from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Brookfield Zoo worked with the Primate Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Brazilian government to bring seven crested capuchins to the United States to form the nucleus of a captive breeding program. Distributed amongst four institutions, the Santa Ana Zoo is now the second zoo to successfully reproduce this species.
The new baby is on view for the public daily between 10:00AM and 4:00PM. You can find the capuchin family along primate row, just north of the rainforest exhibit.
at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park, 1801 Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under three are free. For more information call 714-836-4000 or visit our website at: www.santaanazoo.org.