ST.PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Como Zoo proudly announces the
birth of Twin Saki Monkeys on October 18, 2005. Saki Monkeys very rarely give
birth to twins with the last documented occurrence in 1992 at the San Diego
Zoo. The twin infants are with their family and doing well on exhibit in Como
Zoo's Primate House. Family members include parents Patty and Milton and older
sister Frances. The gender of the Saki Monkeys is unknown at this time.
However, around the age of three months, the infants' coloration will begin to
change and reveal their gender: males are black with cream facial hair while
females have fur that is striped variations of gray, brown and black.
In the wild, White-faced Saki Monkeys are subject to pressures due to
habitat loss and destruction, capture for use in the pet trade and being
hunted for food. In 2002, the government of Brazil created the largest rain
forest national park in the world, to protect the White-faced Saki Monkey and
hundreds of other species. The park is larger than Massachusetts and
Como Zoo is one of the most successful zoos in North America in breeding
and managing White-faced Saki Monkeys. The mission of Como Zoo and its partner
facility -- Marjorie McNeely Conservatory -- is to inspire our public to value
the presence of living things in our lives.
SOURCE Como Zoo