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Third squirrel monkey born at Newquay Zoo

By AliceWright  |  Posted: October 16, 2012

Squirrel monkey and baby at Newquay Zoo

Squirrel monkey and baby at Newquay Zoo

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Newquay Zoo has announced the birth of another squirrel monkey - the third this month. 

Primate keeper Nicole Howarth said: "We are thrilled that the new baby has been born, as mummy monkey had been looking a bit big and uncomfortable for a little while. 

"We have had three babies born this year and they are just so cute. The babies spend most of their time on their mums back, but it won't be long before they are scampering around the branches of their enclosure themselves."

In February this year the Zoo's bachelor group of monkeys was moved to Paignton Zoo in Devon, making way for the current monkey family. The family comprises eight females and four males that were brought to Newquay from Apenheul Zoo in Holland.

Squirrel monkeys are native to tropical forests in South America and are still relatively common in the wild. 

However, their native habitat is under threat, and like many animals whose homes are in forests, they are disappearing alongside the trees they live in. 

To learn more about the different species of animal at the Zoo, as well as conservation projects and events, visit  the website or phone 0844 474 2244.

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