Zoo celebrates new rare baby mandrill
A baby mandrill, an endangered primate from the rainforests of West Africa, has boosted family numbers and conservation efforts at Paignton Zoo.
The youngster, born on September 11 to parents Marta and Jumanji, is another important contribution to the European Endangered Species Programme. The zoo's troop now numbers seven with a female baby having arrived in January.
Despite their fearsome appearance, mandrills feed on fruit, fungi, insects, nuts, roots, seeds and small invertebrates.
Their colouring is thought to help keep the group together whilst travelling in the rainforest.
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A single youngster is born after a pregnancy of five to six months.
Threats to the species include habitat destruction and hunting and it is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.