Photo: big-eared endangered monkey born at zoo

A three-week old baby white-naped mangabey (Cercocebus atys lunulatus) has been named ‘Hope’ given that her species is vanishing from the wild. Photo by: James Godwin, ZSL.

Born at the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) London Zoo, this white-naped mangabey (Cercocebus atys lunulatus) represents one of the Africa’s most imperiled monkeys and is apart of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP). The white-naped mangabey is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List and is a subspecies of the sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys). Native to West Africa, Hope’s wild relatives are threatened by deforestation and bushmeat hunting. Researchers believe the population has been cut in half in the past 30 years.

A close-up of Hope. Photo courtesy of ZSL.

Author: jlhance

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