Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire has welcomed the arrival of five Barbary macaque babies.
Every birth is crucial for the endangered species, with the Monkey Forest team delighted when they found some of the females showing signs of pregnancy.
Just like the wild, births occur high up in the trees at night without any interference, and can only be confirmed when a tiny new bundle is spotted clinging to its mother the following morning.
Now lucky visitors to Monkey Forest will get the chance to see the adorable babies this summer as the cute new arrivals explore their woodland home.
Park Director Matt Lovatt said, “Each birth that we have here is special. The babies are very popular, both with our customers and amongst the monkeys too! The males help care for the babies, despite paternity not being known. It’s a fascinating trait as they use the babies to help form bonds”.
Trentham Monkey Forest is home to 140 Barbary macaques who live freely within a 60-acre forest – a setting similar to their natural habitat in Morocco. Visitors can watch the monkeys at very close quarters, on the ground and in the trees around them, with no need for bars or cages.
The Monkey Forest works closely with organisations that help protect the wild Barbary macaques in Morocco and Algeria, while also educating visitors about this endangered species.
For more information on visiting Trentham Monkey Forest go to www.monkey-forest.com