On Friday, May 30th, Zoo Miami welcomed the birth of a male White-faced Saki monkey. This is the first birth of this species of Tropical American monkey for Zoo Miami. Found in the rainforest trees of Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela, these fruit eating monkeys rarely come to the ground and are considered vulnerable due to habitat destruction and hunting for food and the pet trade. Unfortunately, the first-time mother rejected the offspring so it is now being hand raised by zoo staff.
Like many New World monkeys, baby White-faced Saki monkeys spend their first few weeks buried deep within their mother's fur. That doesn't mean they aren't curious so they poke their tiny heads out to learn about the world around them. This little fellow was born in May at Zoo Basel in Switzerland.
Check out the pointy ears!