Keepers at Trentham Monkey Forest had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first baby monkeys for two years after spotting females showing signs of pregnancy recently. They were thrilled when not one but THREE new Barbary macaques were born, including two males and one female.
The Barbary macaques are an endangered species with only an estimated 8000 surviving in the wild; therefore, every birth is crucial for the species and a fantastic addition to Monkey Forest.
The macaques living in Trentham will usually give birth up in the trees at night, just as they would in the wild and it isn’t until the following morning that staff spot the tiny bundles clinging to their mothers.
“It’s such an exciting time in the forest and one all staff and our visitors look forward to. These new arrivals are the forest’s first babies since 2017 so we have been very excited for them to make an appearance”, commented Monkey Forest director Matt Lovatt.
“Each birth is important to us and the species, considering its endangered status. With the challenges that wild Barbary macaques face, through deforestation and the illegal pet trade, we hope that the new babies will help us to tell their story too.”
Trentham Monkey Forest, Staffordshire, allows its 140 Barbary macaques to live freely in a 60-acre forest, 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 in freedom with no bars or cages.
For more information on visiting go to www.monkey-forest.com.