Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Endangered Monkey Born at Santa Ana Zoo!

Crested Capuchin monkey born at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park!

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a rare Crested Capuchin monkey (Cebus robustus) on the 7th of May, 2012. 
The Crested Capuchin is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and this birth is an important contribution to the conservation program established in North America. 

Photo by Ethan Fisher

The new infant is the third birth of this species at the Santa Ana Zoo.
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. 

Zookeeper Dina Orbison says “it is immensely gratifying to participate in this international effort and to educate our visitors about such unique and inquisitive animals”.  In 2001 members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums 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. The North American population remains on a special loan from the Brazilian Institute of Environment.

Photo by Ethan Fisher
The new baby is on view for the public daily between 10:00AM and 4:00PM 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.

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