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Rare monkey born at ZSL London Zoo

Visitors to ZSL London Zoo this half-term will be able to see an adorable baby white-naped mangabey – one of the rarest primates in the world.

Born in the early hours of Sunday 26th September, keepers have named the three-week-old youngster Sheila in tribute to ZSL volunteer Sheila Smith, 65, who has spent the last 13 years helping out at the world-famous conservation zoo.

Sheila the mangabey baby © Sheila Smith (ZSL)

ZSL London Zoo’s head of primates, Dan Simmonds, said: “Sheila Smith has been a devoted volunteer at the Zoo for more than a decade, and the primate team have always been grateful for her support and dedication to ZSL.

“We decided to name our latest arrival after Sheila to recognise her years of hard work with the primates; she often carries a camera with her when she volunteers, so she’s able to quickly snap amazing images of our new arrivals.”

Mangabeys are among some of the most endangered monkeys on the planet and are only found in western Africa. The new arrival is a hugely important addition to the European Breeding Programme for Endangered Species and takes London Zoo’s troop to a total of nine.

To see baby Sheila, along with 20,000 other animals, including Giant Galápagos tortoises Dolly, Polly and Priscilla, who have just moved into the Zoo’s new Giants of the Galápagos exhibit, book your tickets now at

ZSL volunteer Sheila Smith

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