Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire have welcomed the first baby monkeys of the year. The two new arrivals, born on 27th and 30th May, will hopefully be the first of a number of births in the coming weeks.
The popular monkey forest, which is set in the 750 acres on the Trentham Estate, allows its 140 Barbary macaques to live freely in a setting similar to their natural habitat in Morocco. Visitors can observe the monkeys at very close quarters, on the ground and in the trees around them, living freely with no bars or cages.
Monkey birthing season runs from late spring through to early summer. However, this years new arrivals were born slightly than last year when the Monkey Forsest had already welcomed six babies to the group. Now a year old, the four girls and four boys born last year are very entertaining to watch as they play, climb and discover the forest.
Macaque babies are born high up in the trees at night, and it isn’t until the following morning that the staff at Monkey Forest get the first peek of a new arrival. They spot a tiny bundle clinging onto its mother’s tummy – something they look out for daily during baby season.
“Every year the arrival of babies is exciting for us here at Monkey Forest. It’s a privilege to be able to watch the intimate moments between the babies, mothers and family members during those precious first few days and weeks. Importantly, it also allows us to share the plight of the Barbary macaque with our visitors to raise awareness of their endangered status as there is only an estimated 8000 surviving in the wild” Director Matt Lovatt commented.
Monkey Forest offers the perfect family day out – and you may even catch a glimpse of a tiny monkey baby as you wander the mile long woodland trail.
Monkey Forest is open daily from 10am. For more information visit www.monkey-forest.com