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A howler monkey baby and two flamingo chicks growing strong.

Zoo Celebrates Summer Births

Look for the new howler monkey with its mother in Tropical America. Photo by Jamie Ohrt/ABQ BioPark.

July 10, 2014

The ABQ BioPark Zoo celebrated the healthy birth of a howler monkey on Monday, July 7. The baby is doing well and is on exhibit in Tropical America. Zookeepers have not yet determined gender.

Howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) live high in the trees in Central and South America and are known for their loud, boisterous calls. BioPark guests can hear Joe, the zoo’s male howler monkey and the baby’s father, claiming his territory with his calls in the mornings. Fifi, the baby’s mother, has been at the BioPark since 2008.

“The baby is in good hands,” says Lynn Tupa, Zoo Manager. “This is Fifi’s third baby, and she is a good, competent mom.”

Baby howler monkeys are born with yellow hair. Females will remain yellow all their lives, but males begin to turn black around 2-years-old.

caption:Flamingo chicks by Katie Mast/ABQ BioPark.The zoo also celebrated the arrival of two flamingo chicks this summer. The two birds hatched a week apart, on the 20th and 27th of June. They are being hand-raised behind the scenes by BioPark staff, and guests might catch them during their daily exercises.

Peter Shannon, Curator of Birds, takes them on a walk across the Cottonwood Park lawn twice each day. They don’t keep a consistent schedule, and have to time their outings around the chicks’ feeding times, which happen every 3-4 hours. Read more about the flamingos and several other new chicks being raised behind the scenes.

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