This is the sixth offspring for the couple since they arrived at Belfast Zoo in 2010. Inca will be taking it easy this Valentine’s Day while Aztec has his hands full, as it is the male titi monkey that takes on the lion’s share of the childcare duties.
Unlike most other primates, coppery titi monkeys are very attentive fathers. They do the majority of the carrying, only handing the infant over to the mother for nursing.
The infant will cling to Aztec for approximately four to five months so it will be some time before the keepers are able to confirm the gender of the infant.
As well as being perfect fathers, coppery titi monkeys are also monogamous meaning that they mate for life. They can often be seen sitting with intertwined tails when they are sleeping or sitting on tree branches.
Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, said “Male coppery titi monkeys make the perfect partner in the primate world as they are both faithful and caring as fathers. We first welcomed Aztec and Inca to Belfast Zoo in 2010 and they have been building their family unit ever since with the arrival of their sixth offspring. Baby is currently doing well and we are looking forward to finding out its sex in a few months.”
As their name suggests, these primates have copper coloured, fluffy fur and a small grey face. This species is found in the rainforests of South America including Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru.
They are tree dwelling animals that like to look for food in the lower parts of the canopy and can be seen socialising with other species of monkey. They have an elaborate system of communication that includes vocal, smelling and gestures.
Swing by Belfast Zoo with your little monkeys this half term for a fun family day out! Kids will enjoy crossing crocodile creek or slithering along snake island in the zoo’s large adventure playground.
The Treetops café will be serving up a range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks to refuel hungry little bears. The zoo’s photography base camp will be also available so visitors can take home a memento of their day.
Visitors can also take part in our ‘Woo at the Zoo’ couple’s offer on Saturday 12 February (advance booking essential) or take part in a Walk on the Wild Side’ guided conservation walk on Saturday 19 February (advance booking essential).
All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk