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Photos, Video: Two Rare (And Extremely Adorable) Monkeys Born At Santa Ana Zoo

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The Santa Ana Zoo recently welcomed two rare, extremely cute monkeys. The new additions are a black-and-white Colobus Monkey and one baby Crested Capuchin monkey.

The Colubus Monkey was born on September 1. The mother, Kianga, was the first Colobus ever born at the Santa Ana Zoo. The zoo released photos and video of the new baby this week. In the video, the busy little guy (or girl, the zoo didn't say), can be seen climbing on mom, feeding, scratching itself and attempting to climb the chainlink fence, all within the span of about 90 seconds.

"The Colobus Monkey is known for its energy and antics, and our new baby is already very curious at just one week old, and the first-time parents are doing a great job," said Santa Ana Zookeeper Jill Sanders in a press release. "We're thrilled to once again have the opportunity to share in the excitement of two live births that play a continuing role in the preservation of the Colobus and Capuchin monkeys."

Native to Eastern and Central Africa, the rare Colobus has a black body with accents of flowing white hair and a long bushy tail. At birth, the newborn monkey is covered in curly white hair with a pale rosy face. By four months old, it will complete its transformation to black-and-white adult coloration and weigh on average 25 to 30 pounds.

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The baby Capuchin was born on August 29. It spends its days on its mother's back and belly as she carries it around their habitat, zookeepers say. This is the fourth of this endangered species born at the zoo, which has the most successful breeding program for Capuchins in the country.

The zoo did not announce names for either baby and they did not release photos of the Capuchin monkey.

Both babies can be seen in their habitats during regular zoo hours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under three are free. 

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