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Endangered monkey is born at zoo

Grizzled Leaf Monkeys
The sex of the baby monkey is not yet known (photo by Dave Rolfe)

An endangered baby grizzled leaf monkey has been born at a Kent wildlife park.

The monkey, whose sex is not yet known, was born to father Sianak and mother Mojang at Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury.

Howletts is believed to have been the first place to house the species outside its native Java.

The monkey's parents are one of four breeding pairs at the park. It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 of the species remain in the wild.

Mojang also gave birth to the first grizzled leaf monkey born in captivity at Howletts in 1999.

In the wild, grizzled leaf monkeys live only in the forests of the island of Java, where less than 4% of the original forests remain.

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