NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee zoo is celebrating the arrival of a baby Mexican spider monkey – the first to be born at the attraction.
“This birth is especially important since Mexican spider monkeys are critically endangered in the wild,” the zoo captioned several photos of the infant. “The newborn will cling to mom for the first several months of its life and then start exploring on its own.”
The unnamed baby’s father, Sandy, is “obsessed” with the newborn, whose sex has not yet been determined, the post added.
“The rest of the troop is definitely enamored, as well,” wrote the zoo, which is now home to five Mexican spider monkeys, WZTV reported.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers Mexican spider monkeys endangered. Global Forest Watch suspects that the primates, which are native to Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, will experience “a population reduction of more than 50% ... over the course of 45 years,” according to the IUCN website.
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