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Rare arrival is welcomed at Twycross.

Byline: Laura Hartley News Reporter laura.hartley@trinitymirror.com

STAFF at Twycross Zoo are celebrating the birth of a baby Diana monkey, the first of its kind to be born at the zoo in nearly 30 years.

The new arrival is now nearly three months old and already looks very aware of its surroundings in the zoo.

The baby is the first of its kind to be born there in nearly three decades, but does not yet have a name.

It was born to first-time parents mum, De'Arly and dad Manu, and is healthy, active and playful.

Fourteen-year-old De'Arly came to Twycross three years ago from Newquay Zoo, and nine-yearold dad Manu came from Paignton.

Dr Charlotte Macdonald, director of life sciences at Twycross Zoo, said: "We are really excited about this baby because it's the first one born at Twycross Zoo since 1987.

"The species is endangered in the wild and so this baby is great news for wider conservation efforts to save the species.

"Mum is doing a great job rearing her baby and that is evident in the infant's active, playful and exploratory behaviour."

Diana monkeys are endangered in their native West African habitat, where they are under threat from habitat loss and hunting for bushmeat.

Their name comes from the distinctive white stripe across their thigh which is thought to resemble the bow of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt.

The monkeys are also very noisy animals and have a special alarm call for different predators in the forest. The latest new arrival is part of a breeding programme that's happening all over Europe to help conserve the Diana monkey.

It is just one of more than 20 species of monkey that visitors can see at the zoo.

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