New Year, New Baby!
It is the first week of January and we are very excited to announce that Potty has given birth to a healthy baby girl.
We will be following the new arrivals progress closely to monitor her health. Once we have decided on a name for her we will let you all know, so keep checking back for updates!
Wild spider monkeys have a long inter-birth interval as offspring are dependent on their mother for over 2 years. Potty’s new birth has occurred just 1 year after her birth to Leo, who is still receiving her milk. Such a quick second birth is unusual for this species, and will need to be closely monitored by our team.
It is important to highlight that the new changes to management (planned for 2014 construction) includes the separation of the sexes.
Ecoparque el Fenix is not a breeding centre.
Uncontrolled breeding can lead to loss of genetic diversity within our captive population which could have serious implications for the physical health of offspring. Thankfully the father of both Pottys offspring is an unrelated male, yet it is important to minimize the risk of future inbreeding by keeping males and females separate.
In the wild, spider monkeys have a sex-segregated society so it is only natural that males prefer the company of males, and females prefer females.
Our monkeys can not be released into the wild.
Ecoparque el Fenix is a sanctuary for spider monkeys in need of rescue from the illegal pet trade. They have not learned the monkey skills necessary for wild survival, and with unknown genetics they could in fact cause problems for existing wild populations if they were released. Ecoparque el Fenix is the forever home for monkeys which have been exploited within the pet trade, their welfare is of paramount importance and our primary concern.
If you would like to know more about our new management plans please see our page ‘2014 plans’. If you have any questions then please use the contact page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Published on 10/01/14