Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces the Births of Rare Primates; Spider Monkey & Colobus Monkey!!!!!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park rang in the New Year with the births of a Spider Monkey and Colobus Monkey. These are significant births for Wildlife World, as well as for animal conservation worldwide, as Spider Monkeys and Colobus are becoming increasingly rarer in their native land and sadly both specie’s numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate.

Spider monkeys are found in Mexico and throughout Central and South America. The number of spider monkeys is constantly decreasing because of the habitat loss, intense deforestation, hunting and the pet trade. Spider monkeys get their name because they often hang

from the trees by holding different branches with their limbs and long tails, “shaped” like spiders.Babies will spend first 4 to 5 months of their life attached to their mother’s belly. After that period, youngster will move to the mother’s back for the next 6 months. You can see the new baby with its mother upon entering Wildlife World behind the log flume ride.

Colobus monkeys are broadly distributed across the forests and grasslands of Central Africa. Colobus comes from the Greek word “Kolobus” which means “maimed,” a reference to their hands. Unlike most primates, colobus lack thumbs. They have earned the nickname, “Messenger of the gods,” because of their habit of climbing high in trees and facing the sun at dawn and dusk. Colobus infants are born with all white hair and a pink face. In contrast, adults are primarily black, with white hair encircling their faces and part of their tails. The snow-white newborn can be seen catching some rays on exhibit with its mother.

Other baby animals include Arizona’s first marine mammal, Sunny the Sea Lion, several hooved species like llamas and gazelle, primate species and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre zoo.

All baby primates are raised by their parents, while select other species are raised in the Baby Animal Nursery when the birth parents are not successfully able to raise their young. Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century. Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. By the indoor exhibit’s very nature, the young animals on display change from week to week, month to month and season to season. With more than 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park.

       

As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its 33-year history.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of state route 303 and northern Ave.) We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park.

 

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com.