The first baby of the New Year at Lowry Park Zoo is this male tufted deer fawn born Jan. 2. It is the first of its species born at the Zoo.
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For the first time in five years, Lowry Park Zoo welcomes two baby colobus monkeys. On the left, is mother, “Whittney,” and her baby born Jan. 22. On the right, first-time mother “August,” Whittney’s sister, cuddles her baby born Feb. 4.
TAMPA - Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo recently welcomed the first offspring of 2014, including a tufted deer fawn and two baby Angolan colobus monkeys.
The first baby of the New Year also was a first for the Zoo. A male tufted deer fawn was born Jan. 2, the first of its species born at the Zoo. Until now, the mother has kept the fawn safely tucked away in the barn, a common behavior providing protection from predators. With the warmer temperatures, mother and son have begun to venture into the exhibit. The species is secretive and most active at twilight (dawn and dusk). The tiny tufted deer gets its name from the distinctive tuft of hair on its forehead.
Angolan colobus monkey
For the first time in five years, the Zoo welcomed two baby colobus monkeys, born Jan. 22 and Feb. 4. The oldest offspring was born to first-time mother “Whittney” and the youngest to her sister, first-time mother “August.” Both infants were sired by adult male “Grimaldi.”
Colobus monkeys share the responsibility of caring for the young with other females in the group. This benefits the mother, as well as the other females who gain maternal experience. Colobus are easily identified by their glossy black fur accented by bright white on the cheeks, throat, shoulders, tail and sometimes chest. When infants are born, they are completely white in color. Within a few months, their coats turn grey and black, then to the adult coloration.
About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and has been named the No. 1 zoo in America by both Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004).
The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit LowryParkZoo.com or call 813-935-8552 for information. Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.