Apple Valley, MN – April 17, 2012 – The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a DeBrazza’s monkey which will make its public debut on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9 a.m.
The infant, born April 12, does not yet have a name and its gender is not yet known. This is the third infant born to the Zoo’s pair of adult DeBrazza’s monkeys, “Otis” and “Mashama.” The newborn joins its two siblings on exhibit.
The gestation period for a DeBrazza’s female is five to six months. The young monkey will stay with its mother, nursing for one year. As it grows, it will start nibbling at fruit and other food at about two months of age. Male offspring leave the family group when they mature at four years of age. A female will mature at about age three and remain with her family of origin.
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).