Rare golden-bellied mangabey monkey born at Africa Alive! zoo in Kessingland, near Lowestoft
- Credit: Richard Jendall
A rare monkey which is part of a decreasing and endangered species has been born at a zoo off the east coast.
Golden-bellied mangabeys are usually found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, south of the Congo River.
But Lunda and Edward arrived at Africa Alive! in Kessingland, near Lowestoft from Zoo Wuppertal in Germany and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent in 2015.
And now the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), which runs Africa Alive!, has announced that the pair have given birth to a baby called Nugget.
'Neither have ever bred before, so this baby is extremely important to the small captive population,' a ZSEA spokesman said.
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'Being Lunda's first baby, we are thrilled that she is proving to be a very good mother.
'There are very few zoos within Europe that keep this species, so 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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