Welcome our baby white-faced saki monkey
A six-week old white-faced saki monkey hitches a ride with mum Tabiti.
Keepers say the wide-eyed youngster is doing well and describe Tabiti as a ‘great mum’ and dad Kwinti as a ‘protective dad.’
White-faced saki monkeys are found in tropical rainforests in parts of South America.
Saki monkey facts
The white-faced saki monkey comes from South America and is native to Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and Bolivia
They live in trees in moist lowlands, rainforests and swamp forests
Males and females differ considerably. Adult males have black fur with a striking white face. Females are a flecked brown with only a narrow white stripe on their face
Little is known about the species’ behaviour in the wild as they are shy and very fast-moving
White-faced saki monkeys have been recorded jumping up to 10m. For this reason, local people sometimes refer to them as ‘flying monkeys’
A single youngster is born after a gestation period of around 170 days
Chester Zoo’s new monkey arrival was born on Sept 2. It’s too early to tell the babies sex and therefore name it