Two black-headed spider monkeys – a species classed as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – have been born at Chester Zoo.

The Colombian black-headed spider monkeys, a species native to Colombia and Panama, arrived within a few days of each other.

The species is under pressure from a high rate of habitat loss due to deforestation and hunting for their meat.

Claire Parry, the zoo’s assistant team manager of primates, said: “

Both of our new black-headed spider monkey mums are taking great care of their little ones, spending lots of time cradling them. They’ll continue to care for them in this way until the youngsters are weaned at the age of 20 months.

“Although sometimes known as black-headed spider monkeys, our new arrivals are so young that their heads are still rather pink.” 

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