West African Roloway Monkeys, One Of The Most Endangered Species, Arrive At UK Zoo.

West African Roloway Monkeys, One Of The Most Endangered Species, Arrive At UK Zoo.

Chester Zoo announced Thursday the arrival of a family of rare Roloway monkeys, one of the world’s most endangered primates. According to Chester Zoo, Roloway monkeys are on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss in West Africa.

Deforestation, agricultural expansion, and poaching in countries such as the Ivory Coast and Ghana have left only a few hundred people on the planet.

Staff at the facility described the monkeys’ arrival as “incredibly special.”

The family of four consists of mother Masaya, father Grizu, and two young sons, Anum and Ilo. The monkeys have a distinct appearance: dark bodies, a white chest, and prominent white ruffs around their faces.

“In the last few decades alone, Roloway monkeys have experienced a devastating drop in numbers, losing around 90% of their population,” said Mike Jordan, Director of Animal and Plants at the Zoo.

“With these charismatic monkeys now facing imminent extinction in the wild, it will be the role of conservation zoos like ours to do everything possible to help them to recover,” he stated.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s authority on the state of nature, Roloway monkeys are critically endangered, the highest conservation priority requiring immediate attention.

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