Batty and Norma give birth to two cheeky little monkeys; Fota announces new arrivals 

Batty and Norma give birth to two cheeky little monkeys; Fota announces new arrivals 
One of the two Baby Columbian Black Spider Monkeys recently born at Fota Wildlife Park.Pic Darragh Kane

Fota Wildlife Park has announced the births of two baby Colombian black spider monkeys to mothers Batty and Norma. 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the Colombian black spider monkey as critically endangered due to hunting, habitat destruction and a long birth cycle as females only give birth every two or three years. 

This primate and many other endangered species will feature in the new documentary series about Fota Wildlife Park on Virgin Media One this Sunday at 8pm. 

One of the two Baby Columbian Black Spider Monkeys recently born at Fota Wildlife Park.Pic Darragh Kane
One of the two Baby Columbian Black Spider Monkeys recently born at Fota Wildlife Park.Pic Darragh Kane

Teresa Power, Lead Ranger said about the Colombian black spider monkey births, said: “It’s been a very busy time for us here at Fota, not only are we buzzing with excitement about the new Virgin Media One TV series, but our primate section has been kept on its toes with the arrivals of two new babies to the Colombian Spider monkey group. 

"At nearly thirty years old, we were delighted to see that Batty had given birth to her sixth baby at Fota Wildlife Park with her long-term partner Arnold who is four years her junior."

The Colombian Black Spider monkey is a sub-species and is native to Colombia and Panama and has a black body, long limbs and an extremely flexible tail that has a hairless tip for gripping that like a human fingerprint is unique to each individual animal.

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