Trentham Monkey Forest has announced the arrival of five baby Barbary macaques.
The Monkey Forest is home to 140 free-ranging Barbary macaques and in recent weeks staff at the popular Staffordshire attraction have been eagerly awaiting the special arrivals after some of the females recently started showing signs of pregnancy.
The forest work closely with organisations that help protect the wild Barbary macaques in Morocco and Algeria. Monkey Forest also try to educate visitors about this endangered species.
“Each birth that we have here is special,” says Monkey Forest director Matt Lovatt.
“The babies are very popular, both with our customers and amongst the monkeys too. The males help care for the babies, despite paternity not being known. It’s a fascinating trait as they use the babies to help form bonds.”
Just like in the wild, births occur high up in the trees at night and there is no interference from the Monkey Forest team during the pregnancy or birth. Births are only confirmed when staff spot a tiny new bundle clinging to its mother the following morning.
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