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WATCH: Newborn spider monkeys at Chester Zoo

Endangered species native to Central America has two new additions

Right in time for Easter Chester Zoo has welcomed the arrival of baby spider monkeys.

Mothers Christine and Mary gave birth to the babies within a few days of each other.

The endangered Colombian Spider Monkey can live for over 25 years and they are found in the rainforests from west Colombia to east Panama.

Claire Parry, the zoo’s assistant team manager of primates, said: "Both of our new black-headed spider monkey mums are taking great care of their little ones, spending lots of time cradling them. They’ll continue to care for them in this way until the youngsters are weaned at the age of 20 months.

"Although sometimes known as black-headed spider monkeys, our new arrivals are so young that their heads are still rather pink."

Black-headed spider monkeys are classed as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The species is under pressure from a high rate of habitat loss due to deforestation and hunting for their meat.


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