Zoo celebrates another rare birth

Staff at Dudley Zoo are celebrating the birth of another critically endangered primate, with the arrival of a tiny yellow-breasted capuchin.

The baby was born on September 10th to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow. Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said:

“Dinya and Willow are very experienced parents and the baby seems to be doing really well, with mum attentively carrying it around.

“It’s very fair in colour, so it’s quite easy to spot, but it won’t leave her for quite a while, so we haven’t been able to try and get a glimpse of its sex yet. As we’ve only produced male capuchins, it would be nice for this one to be a girl!”

The baby is the ninth youngster to be born at the zoo since the group was formed in 2012, bringing the current number to ten, which includes youngsters Clint, Chewy, Archie, Chops, Doyle and Ted and adults Dinya, Willow and Holly.

The group are all part of a European Endangered Species programme and remain the property of the Brazilian government and the first two capuchins born in 2012, Spot and Dougal, moved to Zoo Schwerin in Germany in 2017 as part of the EEP.

Restricted to the Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest, it is estimated there are only 300 individuals surviving in the wild, making them one of the world’s most endangered primates, with threats including habitat loss and hunting.


Add a comment

Rating *

Recently Played


  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on Google Play

Useful Links


Travel News

How To Listen

Latest Podcasts

92.2 / 102.5 FM
'Play Black Country Radio'