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Baby meerkats and monkeys born in Bristol Zoo baby boom

Carla Tucker explains how the meerkats are coping with their new home

Two baby meerkats, a howler monkey, a saki monkey and an owl monkey are among a Spring baby boom at Bristol Zoo.

The zoo's pair of baby meerkats are just eight weeks old but have already ventured out of their heated house to explore their new surroundings.

The newcomers weighed just 30 grams when they were born but are being cared for in turn by their adult parents.

Senior mammal keeper, Karla Tucker, said: "The meerkats were tiny when they were born, with very little fur."

She added: "They are still too small to sex, but we should know if they are males or females in another month or two."

A baby black howler monkey has also been born to parents MacGinty and Amerello in February.

Clinging tightly

The newborn, which can be difficult to see as it hides in its mother's long hair, joins a family of four at the zoo.

Howler monkey baby
The baby howler monkey was born in February

Another addition is a young white-faced saki monkey which was born in March and, at just three weeks old, is clinging tightly to its mother's back.

And a nocturnal species of monkey called the owl monkey has a new addition born about six weeks ago.

The owl monkey is a nocturnal animal and has large eyes which give it excellent night vision.

"It's great to have had so many youngsters born at the Zoo this spring," keeper Karla added.

"They are all doing very well and are being well looked after by their parents.

"It is a pleasure to see the families breeding successfully and it won't be long before the babies become more independent and start to play and explore their enclosures."

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