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Endangered Monkey Born at Santa Ana Zoo

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The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a rare Crested Capuchin Monkey (Cebus robustus) on May 7. The new infant is the Zoo's third birth of this species, which is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature This birth is an important contribution to the conservation program established in North America. 

Crested capuchin monkeys are a medium sized primate native to rapidly disappearing forests along the Atlantic coast of Brazil. In the wild, capuchins feed on a wide variety of fruits, insects, seeds, leaves, and even small mammals. Zookeeper Dina Orbison says “it is immensely gratifying to participate in this international effort and to educate our visitors about such unique and inquisitive animals”.


Photo Credits: Ethan Fisher/Santa Ana Zoo

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In 2001, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums worked with the Primate Center in Rio deJaneiro, Brazil and the Brazilian government to bring seven crested capuchins to the United States to form the nucleus of a captive breeding program. The North American population remains on a special loan from the Brazilian Institute of Environment. 

The new baby is on view for the public daily between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.