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 Connecticut combined. 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.
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