Twycross Zoo’s baby bonobo officially named Ndeko
Twycross Zoo can reveal that the name chosen by the public for its new baby bonobo is Ndeko. Following a week of voting by the public, which saw more than 1,800 votes cast, Ndeko proved to be the most popular choice for the little male bonobo winning 44% of the vote. Bonobos are a type of great ape that is endangered in the wild and Twycross Zoo is the only zoo in the UK to keep and breed them. Ndeko means “brother” in Congolese and he has his own brother Winton at Twycross Zoo. He is not the only youngster that can currently be seen at Twycross Zoo. With a reputation as a world-renowned centre of excellence for its care of primates, Twycross Zoo has welcomed the birth of several other baby monkeys throughout the summer including 3 new babies all in one week!
Emperor tamarins – Parents Mathilda and Moe welcomed a set of twins on 5 July. These small monkeys are characterised by their long white moustaches and are found in the wild forests of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia where their habitat is threatened by farming and deforestation. Mathilda and Moe transferred to Twycross Zoo in 2013 in the hope that they would become a breeding pair as part of a special European breeding programme. Emperor tamarins tend to have multiple births and these infants are the pairs’ second set of twins since coming to the zoo.
Spectacled langur– spectacled langurs have dark grey fur and circular white patches around their eyes, but visitors to Twycross Zoo won’t have any trouble spotting Mork and Casey’s new baby who was born on 2 August, because for the first six months baby spectacled langurs have orange fur and pink faces! This species of monkey is native to Asia, where its population has declined by 30% in the last 30 years making it classified as vulnerable. Mork is a first time mother and father Casey arrived at Twycross Zoo in 2013, all the way from the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama, USA, transferring especially to become part of a breeding group. Their baby is very important because Casey’s genes provide a new bloodline to help further healthy breeding in the future.
Silvery marmoset – Pixie and Undi welcomed a new baby silvery marmoset to their group on 8 August. These monkeys can be easily spotted due to their silver-white bodies and bald ears and faces. They are a very vocal species of monkey with different calls to express excitement when playing, or to alert each other of danger as they would in their native forests of South America.
De Brazzas monkey – On 9 August De Brazzas monkey Ludo gave birth to a baby fathered by her breeding partner Tom. Visitors to Twycross Zoo will be able to identify these monkeys by their very distinctive markings of orange brows and white beards on their faces. They are a type of monkey known as a guenon, which means they are only found in the wild in sub-Saharan Africa. They are a very shy species of monkey and are often hunted for food or killed by farmers who believe them to be agricultural pests.
Charlotte Macdonald, Director of Life Sciences says, “We are so pleased to have had so many new primate births at Twycross Zoo this summer. We take our responsibility of conserving vulnerable and endangered species of animals very seriously, so every one of these babies is vital to our efforts to preserve healthy, thriving captive-bred populations. We hope that visitors will come to see them and learn more about all of these wonderful species of monkeys and apes and the threats they face in the wild.”
Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 18.00. For more information and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777