A RARE LION-TAILED MACAQUE WAS BORN IN MOSCOW ZOO
The lion-tailed macaque (wanderoo) baby was born on July 17. It still spends all the time pressed closely to the body of its mother and buries in her luxurious, thick fur. The cub itself is still covered with soft baby fur, which will change to adult fur only in a couple of months.
“We will be able to determine the gender of the newborn wanderoo when it starts getting off his mother, but so far the female Colette does not let it go for a minute. This is her first offspring, and we were very worried about her. But she did an excellent job: she licked the cub and immediately began to feed it. And it was extremely helpful that she was living in the same group with her older sister Georgette, who already had cubs. Colette took an active part in their upbringing,” said Svetlana Akulova, General Director of Moscow Zoo.
Despite the fact that the little wanderoo does not go a single step away from its mother yet, it is already very active: it grabs everything it can reach and even starts to try adult food. It will be feeding on breast milk for the next 6 months, but it will definitely start trying to taste everything else in about a month. It will reach the size of an adult animal in about two years.
Right now, our vanderoo family consists of 4 animals. The male - Kai - behaves like a real head of the family: he leads the females and is always the first to approach food. Georgette, our mother's sister, is the eldest female - she is almost 13 years old. Colette is the youngest - she is 6. The females came from France a year ago, and Kai was born in Moscow Zoo in 2006. He is already a very experienced father and head of the family.
The lion-tailed macaques, like all primates, have a very complex diet - it consists of 80 positions, including exotic plants like papaya, fennel and Jerusalem artichoke. But among their favorite treats are bananas, tomatoes and lettuce. As an enrichment of the environment, wanderoos are given various objects filled with food, so that they can poke around in them to get the treats. We also release crickets into the enclosure, the macaques are very happy to catch them.
The lion-tailed macaque is a very rare primate species and is listed in the IUCN Red List. Every year, the population of wanderoo is declining due to deforestation, which is their natural habitat. The Moscow Zoo has been actively participating in the European Captive Vander Conservation Program for over 20 years.