Colobus mother, baby outdoors at Hattiesburg Zoo

HATTSBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The baby colobus monkey born at Hattiesburg Zoo on April 9 will be with its mother in its outdoor area starting Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

“Mother and baby are doing great,” said Kristen Moore, animal curator at Hattiesburg Zoo. “We haven’t determined the baby’s sex yet because mom is holding it so tightly, which is a good sign in this case.”

The baby will continue to rely on its mother’s (Makeda) milk as its primary source of food and will begin eating solid foods between four and six weeks if it becomes curious about what Makeda is eating. The baby is weaned around the sixth month.

Mother Makeda and father Mombasa are both seven years old and met at Hattiesburg Zoo. In this week. Mom and baby are reintroduced to their habitat by themselves.

“We will begin introducing Papa Mombasa to the habitat once we have determined that Makeda and the baby are well adjusted and comfortable,” Moore said. “Our keepers will be keeping a close eye on them to ensure these introductions go well, and we will proceed as slowly as Makeda wants.”

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