TULSA, Okla. (March 29, 2019) – The Tulsa Zoo welcomed the newest baby Diana monkey, born on March 13, 2019.
The yet-to-be named baby is the 33rd Diana monkey born at the Tulsa Zoo.
“As the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan coordinator for Diana monkeys I can tell you there are only, on average, two born in North America each year,” said zoological manager Pat Murphy. “To have one here at the Tulsa Zoo is a proud moment for our staff, and the entire community.”
Guests can view this little one with its family group in the Conservation Center.
The new addition is an important ambassador for its species. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Diana monkeys are considered Vulnerable as a result of habitat loss, hunting and civil unrest in their native ranges.
The Tulsa Zoo supports West African Primate Conservation Action and the creation of a community-managed rainforest conservation area. Funding from the zoo is used to supply rainforest protection teams with software to monitor and track wildlife.
In addition to ensuring the future of the species in Africa, the Tulsa Zoo is planning for the future of Diana monkeys here in Tulsa. Tulsa Zoo’s capital campaign, Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, is raising money to build a new mixed-species exhibit for Diana monkeys and pygmy hippos as part of African Wilds: Carnivores. For more information about this and other projects visit buildingbeyond.org.
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