WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – December 31, 2019 – Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is excited to announce the birth of a baby black howler monkey. Katie and Guillermo von Howler welcomed a baby on December 27, in the howler habitat.
This is the second baby born to the proud parents, who welcomed a baby boy Reginald von Howler on March 7, 2019. The Zoo veterinary team were happy to report mother and baby are doing well. The baby’s gender will not be determined until a full health checkup is performed in the coming weeks.
“Black Howler monkeys live in tropical rain forests in close knit family groups. It is great to see a growing family of howlers thriving right here at Palm Beach Zoo,” said Margo McKnight, president and CEO of Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. “Katie and Guillermo have proved to be wonderful parents, and we are so excited to have two baby howlers.”
The howler pair are part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan program, which oversees the research, husbandry, management and educational initiatives of its 238 accredited zoos and aquariums.
Black howler monkeys are among the largest of the New World monkeys and are native to South America. Females are blonde in color and males are black. Baby howler monkeys are blonde like their mothers and the male babies turn black around two and a half years old. In the wild, their habitats are diminishing due to human encroachment.
To see the howler family, visit the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, which is open daily 9 AM – 5 PM. The howler habitat is located in the northwest corner of the Zoo grounds.
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