Monkey baby, hooray! Just so you know, I totally said those words super silly so they all sounded the same (Monk-ay bab-ay hoor-ay). Call me crazy, but I'm going loopy from gazing into the eyes of this lil cutie pie. The two-week-old peeking babe cast a spell on me while innocently catching a ride on daddy's back.
I can guess how this species got their name, too – look at those tufts of white hair on the Cottontop Tamarin, they wear that hair hue proudly! In addition to this fam at the Jerusalem Zoo, there are only about 1,800 in captivity and 1,000 in the tropical forests of Colombia (their native habitats). Check out a couple more piccys below!
Whether or not you think this guy is your long lost relative, it's a mixed barrel of monkeys out there. First, the bad: an IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows that 48 percent of the world's primates are facing extinction. That number includes the fact that 70 percent of Asia's primates (as high as 90 percent in Cambodia) are listed as endangered.
What's behind the loss of monkeys? Loss of habitat, mostly through the burning and clearing of tropical forests, as well as the hunting of primates for food. IUCN's primate specialist says, "In many places, primates are quite literally being eaten to extinction." Sadly, because primates live a long time, reversing the trend will take a long time.
But I promised good monkey news, too. To see what it is, read more
Go, Diego, go! The three-month-old Black Howler Monkey takes some sloppy sips in his home at Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo. This greedy guy looks rather hungry and friendly, happy to cling to both people . . . and his stuffed mommy substitute. Since Molly died days after giving birth, he receives 'round the clock human care – seven meals spread out over each 24-hour period! – to help him grow up healthy and strong.
Howler monkeys are happiest in troops of four to eight members so this babe will be gradually reintroduced to the zoo's group in the coming weeks, with full reintroduction expected to be achieved by the end of the year.
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It's been at least a week since we've gotten our adoro baby animal fix here on PetSugar! That's way too long if you ask me so here's where Vale comes along. This tiny titi monkey was the first to be born in the new rainforest biome of London Zoo in late January. Parents Yara and Thiago proudly showed off their 4-week-old babe last week as the zoo made the announcement of this red one right before V Day. Titi monkeys mate for life and both parents share responsibility for the young one. In fact, often times, the daddy has primary care giving duties, but still brings the wee thing to mom for nursing, of course. This picture shows Vale resting on Yara's back while gazing into his pop's eyes — I couldn't resist sharing more closeup shots in a gallery when you read more
This tea is called Monkey Picked Tea, and it's not just a name it's a fact. According to legend, monkeys used to pick tea from high branches and brought them to their masters. The masters — mostly monks — thought it was delicious and so a cycle was born. These days, the monkey picking tea practice has all but died out, but apparently one remote village continues the tradition. Each bag of tea ($24.99) contains about two ounces of loose leaf tea, or approximately 28 cups. Oh and I should tell you that no monkeys were harmed in the tea-picking.
The flavor is supposed to be amazing, but to be honest, I haven't tried it yet. What do you think, is this something you'd want to try?
We encountered this monkey and dog team a while ago when they were engaged in a little interspecies physical fitness. This time around, the two are taking the train to who knows where. The question is: can the monkey get them there? This will not only amaze, but amuse you. C'mon, a monkey dressed in jeans trying to hitch the next train out of town while walking a pit bull on a leash-- now that's entertainment!