First squirrel monkey born in nine years in Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix, Arizona, August 01. The Phoenix Zoo is excited to welcome the first squirrel monkey baby in almost nine years to Monkey Village. The baby was born on July 15th. Baby and mom, Tasha, are now out on exhibit after spending some time inside the night house to bond and rest.
Squirrel monkey babies are relatively enormous, weighing about 15% of the mother’s weight at birth. Currently, the baby weighs 111 grams. In keeping with the Star Trek-themed names of the Zoo’s squirrel monkeys, the newest addition has been named Tuvok.
Squirrel monkey babies only ride on their mothers’ backs for the first few weeks of life, and then begin to explore their surrounding on their own. The other 13 troop members are being very protective of the newest addition, and the pair will have access to their night house throughout the day if they choose to enjoy some time alone.
Monkey Village walk-through is open 8 a.m. – Noon daily, but monkeys will still be on exhibit after those hours and will be viewable from the pathway overlooking the habitat. Check him out soon – he will be jumping through the trees in no time!
*Zoo summer hours are currently 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.