New arrivals at Africa Alive in Kessingland are there in black and white

the Chapman's zebra foal is closely guarded

the Chapman's zebra foal is closely guarded - Credit: Archant

Keepers at the Africa Alive wildlife park are celebrating a double arrival of two cute additions who are already horsing and monkeying around.

The park at Kessingland, near Lowestoft, has announced the births of a Chapman's zebra foal and a king colobus monkey baby.

As this photograph shows the male foal is being watched over closely by his parents, mother Mum and father Cinnamon II, and is rubbing shoulders with other exotic wildlife, such as giraffes, white rhinos and ostriches in the Plains of Africa enclosure.

He was born on August 8 and like his counterparts in the wild he will suckle from his mother for at least six months and should be fully mature at two and half years old.

A spokesman for Africa Alive said; 'The strong, healthy and very cute foal is being closely watched over by his mother and father as well as the rest of the herd.'

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Chapman's zebras live in herds of tens of thousands in east Africa.

The other latest arrival at the Africa Alive is a baby King colobus monkey which was born on August 2 and is yet to be sexed as the youngster's mother Ebony is keeping her child close to her.

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It is Ebony's fourth baby and the father is called Bert.

As well as eventually proving a hit with visitors to the park the baby monkey will also help conserve king colobus monkeys through the European breeding programme.

The species live in the tropical rainforests of west and central Africa and are considered to be highly endangered due to the destruction of their habitat and hunting by man.

The Africa Alive spokesman said: 'This is Ebony's fourth baby and as always she is proving to be a very good mother. The young are not very agile to begin with and carried around for some time with the female responsible for its care.

'For this it is difficult to determine the gender of the baby at the moment and therefore it is still to be named.

'This is yet another important addition to the park and will play a crucial role in assisting with the European breeding programme for this species.'

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