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06 03/06/2016

Rare newborn Sulawesi crested macaque clings to mum

  • Sulawesi macaque
  • Monkeys
  • New arrivals

A five-day-old Sulawesi crested macaque clings to first-time mum Camilla.

A five-day-old Sulawesi crested macaque Lando clings to first-time mum Camilla at Chester Zoo.

Sulawesi crested macaque

The male youngster was born on Sunday 29 May and joins the European breeding programme for the critically endangered species of monkey. 

The species is highly threatened with extinction in the wild, with fewer than 5,000 estimated to remain on its native island of Sulawesi due to large scale habitat loss and illegal poaching. 

Lando is one of three baby Sulawesi crested macaque babies to born at the zoo this year – joining Han and Ahsoka, who were born to mums Lisa and Rumples.

Their arrivals increases the number of Sulawesi crested macaques living in their new Islands habitat – the biggest development in the history of UK zoos - to 16.

Sulawesi crested macaque facts

• Sulawesi crested macaques are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered with extinction in the wild
• They are the most endangered of the seven macaque species that live in rainforests on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia
• There are thought to be fewer than 5000 macaques left on their native land, 2000 of which live in the tropical rainforest in north Sulawesi. This is a particularly important region for conservation
• They are largely vegetarian but will occasionally feed on insects and small mammals such as mice
• Individuals maintain relationships by grooming one another and communicating with grunts. They smack their lips as a greeting sign
• Adult males tend to ‘yawn’ - not a sign of tiredness to display their impressive large teeth in order to assert dominance and avoid conflict
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