Monkey madness at Marwell as zoo names rare baby

The baby macaque Picture: Natasha Jeffries
The baby macaque Picture: Natasha Jeffries
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170948-1)

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A COMPETITION to name this rare baby monkey has ended.

The adorable eight-week-old Sulawesi-crested macaque called Indah is the first macaque born at Marwell Zoo in 10 years.

Claire Mound, a team leader at the zoo, said: ‘She is settling in really well to the group and is at the stage in her development where she is confident to explore.’

Sulawesi-crested macaques are the most endangered of the seven macaque species found on the island of Sulawesi.

In the wild they live in tropical rainforests and mangrove swamp areas on the northern peninsula of the Indonesian island.

The animals face many threats in the wild; one of them is over-hunting for food, as they are considered a delicacy in areas of Sulawesi.

Indah will now be a valuable asset for European Endangered Species Breeding Programme which is fighting to save them.

Claire added: ‘Under the watchful eye of mum Drusilla, she can be seen regularly running around and attempting to climb. Her sweet and playful nature has won the hearts of the entire team and visitors alike.’

For latest updates on Indah’s progress, visit Marwell’s Facebook and Twitter pages.