Cuteness alert! A new baby Mandrill was just born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The new addition to the Park was born to parents Scarlett and Winston who you may have seen on Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Mandrills are the largest species of monkeys but at the same time, they are a vulnerable species due to deforestation and poaching. Mandrills are native to Africa rainforests near the equator.
The birth of the newest Mandrill represents the dedication and skill of Disney animal care experts who work with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on Species Survival Plans (SSPs), which ensure responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species, in order to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population of such animals for years to come.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom didn’t have to look hard for an expert familiar with Mandrills. Rebecca Phillips, Animal Operations manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also a Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator for mandrills with the AZA. Phillips supports animal births, is a mentor to animal care teams at other zoos around the world, and helps zoos make the first steps to welcome mandrills to their habitats.
“There are many reasons why I’m excited to be an SSP coordinator for mandrills. I love helping zoos, including our own, and I love the success stories. As a two-time mom and also a surrogate mother, Scarlett is an example of how we’re helping a vulnerable species thrive, and it’s thrilling to watch her family grow.”
Disney’s support of Mandrills and other primates is far-reaching. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has raised over $6.5 million to support conservation of mandrills and other primates in 29 countries.
To give mother and baby plenty of time to bond, the gender of the baby Mandrill is unknown at this time. Once the gender is determined, we will also have a name to announce!
You might be able to catch a glimpse of Scarlett and her new baby Mandrill right now on Kilimanjaro Safaris! The little one will probably be clinging to her mother’s stomach until she is big enough to travel around on her back.
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