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PHOTOS: Angolan colobus monkey born at Brookfield Zoo

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An Angolan colobus monkey born at Brookfield Zoo in early March can now be seen by visitors.

Guests can see both mom and her baby—the first birth of this species of colobus born at the zoo—in the Tropic World Africa exhibit.

Angolan colobus monkeys, found in dense rain forests throughout equatorial Africa, are the most arboreal of the African monkeys, spending most of their time in the canopy. The species is threatened in parts of its range due to habitat destruction for timber and for agricultural use. In certain areas, such as the Congo Basin, people hunt them for meat.

Angolan colobuses are born completely white for camouflage to blend in with their mom's long white hair. As the young monkey develop, zoogoers will notice it begin to change color from white to gray to black, reaching adult coloration at approximately three months of age.

Guests may also notice the infant's mom, Olivia, 5, sharing maternal care with the other females in the group: Chaka, 4, and Tina, 17, who is mother to both younger females, as well as Sasha, 12, the sire.

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