Cheeky monkey! Endangered Mangabey born in Barcelona

There is an adorable new attraction at Barcelona Zoo; a cheeky mangabey monkey, a species at risk of extinction in the wild, was born in the Catalan capital on July 8th.

Cheeky monkey! Endangered Mangabey born in Barcelona

The species are among the 25 most endangered primates and are listed as in danger of extinction, with numbers in the wild thought to be as low as 1,000 in West Africa, where they have been depleted by deforestation and the illegal bush meat trade.

The baby monkey is the second generation to be born in the zoo as her mother Monika, was bred there in 2009 and had her first baby last year. The father, 12-year-old Racky, was transferred to Barcelona Zoo from Accra Zoo in Ghana two years ago.




Dr Maria Teresa Abelló, the conservation co-ordinator at the zoo, said the new arrival “reflected the success” of the captive breeding programme.

Barcelona has named August 1st Mangabey Awareness Day in a bid to raise awareness about the plight of the species.

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Coronavirus: Four lions test positive at Barcelona zoo

Four lions at Barcelona Zoo, three of them older females, caught Covid-19 last month but suffered only mild symptoms and have since recovered, the Catalan animal park said.

Coronavirus: Four lions test positive at Barcelona zoo
File photo of lions in a zoo: AFP

Their keepers were tipped off when they noticed “mild respiratory symptoms” among three 16-year-old females and a four-year-old male, a zoo statement said.

The symptoms emerged as two of their keepers tested positive for the virus.   

“The four lions were tested with the viral antigen detection kit… and were found to be positive,” it said, indicating the diagnosis was confirmed by PCR tests.

They were immediately treated with anti-inflammatories and closely monitored under a protocol similar to that for the flu, and “responded positively”.

“At no time were the lions seen having difficultly breathing or other respiratory issues, and all symptoms disappeared within a fortnight, apart from coughing and sneezing,” the zoo said.

To avoid catching the virus, the keepers wore FFP3 masks, plexiglass visors and protective footwear, and they were lowered into the enclosure in a halter.   

The zoo also contacted “international experts such as the Bronx Zoo veterinary service in New York, the only one to have documented a case of Sars-CoV-2 infection in big cats,” it said.

In early April, a four-year-old female tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for Covid-19, likely contracting it from a keeper who was asymptomatic at the time.

Since the start of the pandemic, cats, dogs and various other animals have tested positive for Covid-19 but until now, minks are the only animals proven to both contract the virus and pass it on to humans.

Several countries have ordered the mass culling of their mink populations, notably Denmark where more than 10 million have already been killed.