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Yorkshire Wildlife Park celebrates birth of rare baby monkey with adorable snaps


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Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating after the birth of a baby monkey that could help save its species from extinction.

With the park hailing it a ‘huge triumph’, the Roloway monkey was born just last week and is the second baby born to proud parents Kayla and Rafiki.

Their first baby was born at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in 2020 and was the first birth of its kind in the UK.

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Sharing their excitement, Primates Team Leader Greg Clifton said: “This is a very exciting birth for us here at YWP as the Roloway monkeys are on the verge of extinction and are likely to become extinct in the wild over the coming few years, so breeding them here at YWP is major triumph for the European breeding programme and the species.

the Roloway monkey was born just last week
the Roloway monkey was born just last week

“Although it’s too early to tell the sex of the new baby, this species develops very quickly so it won’t be long before we can reveal the gender and pick a name.

“It’s been so nice seeing Kumasi really interested in his new sibling.

“He has been following the new baby everywhere. I’m really proud of how hard our team worked introducing Kayla and Rafiki since they arrived.”

2021 was a massive success for the park as they welcomed multiple arrivals, including the UK’s first red howler monkey baby, Pablo.

The park hailed it a 'huge triumph'
The park hailed it a ‘huge triumph’

Last year, YWP had three other endangered primate births – as well as Pablo in October there were critically endangered cotton-top tamarin twins in August.

In December the park announced the birth of a rare okapi calf – also known as the zebra giraffe.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of only four zoos or wildlife parks in the UK where they can be seen.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park has come a long way from when it first opened in April 2009, now containing more than 400 animals and more than 70 different species.

Over 260 acres, it houses everything from lions to polar bears and is now even a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

Located in Doncaster, 2021 saw it celebrate its 12th birthday and it still attracts thousands upon thousands of guests.

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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