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The Lake Superior Zoo recently welcomed a baby Angolan colobusmonkey. While many animals have been born at the zoo in the past, this is thefirst AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) birth at the zoo.


Lake Superior Zoo Announces New Arrival

Jul 12, 2013

Surprise! It’s a Baby Angolan Colobus Monkey

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of an Angolan colobus monkey. 

“Kelly”, gave birth somewhere between the evening hours of June 25th and the morning of June 26th. Primate keeper Dave Thompson discovered the baby upon arriving at work at 7am.  Kelly was observed holding the baby, which was alert, responsive and nursing.

When asked about the surprise birth,Thompson states, “We had the breeding recommendation approved through the AZA(Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and were monitoring Kelly’s weight each month.  In early April and May she had gained weight.  In early June,she had lost a pound.  The baby’s arrival is a nice surprise.  We were hopeful because of the possibility, but not immediately expecting this birth.

While many animals have been born at the zoo, this is the first Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) birth and is a significant because it is an important conservation effort for captive Angolan colobus in the United States.

The sex of the baby is unknown a tthis time.

Also on exhibit with Kelly, age 15,and the new addition are “Kramer”, age 17, who fathered the young monkey and“Kero”, Kelly’s daughter born in December 2002 at the Lake Superior Zoo. Since the birth, the troop has been monitored closely by zoo staff and volunteers. 

According to Thompson, “Angolan colobus monkeys have a gestation period of between 148 and 172 days and copulation is secretive and not usually witnessed by humans.” 

Angolan colobus are found in the Eastern region and Congo Basin areas of Africa. Their populations are considered stable with localized pressure from habitat destruction and the bushmeat trade. Infants are born all white and weigh approximately one pound. After three months of age they begin transitioning to their adult coat,consisting of mainly long black fur with long white fur surrounding the face,trimming the tops of the shoulders and very tip of the tail. 

The Lake Superior Zoo is open daily this summer from 10 am – 5 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 9 am – 6 pm,Friday through Sunday. For more information go to: or contact the Lake Superior Zoological Society at (218) 730-4500.   The zoo is located at 7210 Fremont Street in Duluth.



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