Twin Saki Monkeys Born at Como Zoo

Dec 02, 2005, 00:00 ET from Como Zoo

    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.