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The Buffalo Zoo is proud to welcome the latest addition to its Rainforest Falls animal family—a baby black howler monkey!

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Mochima, a male, was born between the late evening/early morning hours of December 17 and 18, 2008. Mother, Lily, and father, Machado, are both adjusting well to their new roles as being first-time parents.

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Photos by Katrina Guariglia


Keepers named the baby after Mochima National Park, which runs along Venezuela’s beautiful northeast Caribbean coastline.

Mochima is the first primate to be born in Rainforest Falls. Other Rainforest Falls species that have been born are capybaras (the world’s largest rodent species) and vampire bats. Visitors can see Mochima in a mixed-species primate habitat with his mother and father, as well as three squirrel monkeys and four brown capuchins.
Black howler monkeys inhabit South American rainforests, ranging through eastern Bolivia, southern Brazil and Paraguay and northern Argentina. The angle of the black howler monkey’s lower jaw enables it to make loud resonant sounds, which can be heard approximately two miles away.

Modeled after the unique habitat within the Amazon basin in Venezuela’s Caniama National Park, the fully enclosed Rainforest Falls exhibit provides the Buffalo Zoo with a signature four-season attraction. This state-of-the art exhibit features a two-story waterfall, as well as ramps and overlooks to enable visitors to encounter a remarkable collection of species. The 18,000 square foot complex is the centerpiece of the Zoo’s $75 million reconstruction plan and is designed to provide visitors with an unforgettable tropical experience! The exhibit opened to the public on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

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