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September, 2010: Stork Visits Santa Ana Zoo!
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a white-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia) on the 18th of September, 2010. The proud parents are Dakota and Aaliyah. The yet to be named baby is the sixth offspring of this pair. Mom, dad and baby, along with the siblings can be found at home in the rainforest exhibit at the zoo.

White-faced saki monkeys are a small to medium sized primate that ranges throughout the northern portion of the Amazon Basin, namely Brazil, Venezuela and the Guyanas. In the wild seeds consist of more than 50% of their diet with soft fruits, leaves, insects and flowers making up the balance. Saki monkeys have a thick bushy tail that is not prehensile and cannot be used to grab onto branches. With a wide distribution and lack of major threats, at this time white-faced saki monkeys are considered stable in the wild.




May, 2010: Twin Golden Lion Tamarins Born at the Santa Ana Zoo!
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of twin golden lion tamarins on April 27, 2010. Golden lion tamarins are a rare golden-orange monkey from the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Weighing less than 1 pound as adults, the babies tip the scale at about 1/8th of a pound!

Zoos have worked together for several decades on the conservation of this species that now numbers approximately 1,200 animals in the wild. Captive breeding, habitat restoration and conservation, conservation education and reintroductions into the wild are all part of the international effort to protect this species. These births are a great boost to the conservation program.


April, 2010: Stork Visits Santa Ana Zoo!
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a rare crested capuchin monkey (Cebus nigritus robustus) on the 6th of April, 2010. With Romeo, Juliet, brother Matteo and the baby there are now 13 crested capuchins in the United States.

Crested capuchin monkeys are a medium sized primate endemic to rapidly disappearing forests along the Atlantic coast of Brazil. In the wild, capuchins feed on a wide variety of fruits, insects, seeds, leaves, and even small mammals. The crested capuchin is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and this birth is an important contribution to the captive breeding program in the United States.

In 2001 with help from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Brookfield Zoo worked with the Primate Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Brazilian government to bring seven crested capuchins to the United States to form the nucleus of a captive breeding program. Distributed amongst four institutions the Santa Ana Zoo is now the second zoo to successfully reproduce this species.


February, 2010: Stork Visits Santa Ana Zoo!
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a white-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia) on the 13th of February, 2010. The proud parents are Dakota and Aaliyah. The yet to be named baby is the fifth offspring of this pair. Mom, dad and baby, along with the siblings can be found at home in the rainforest exhibit at the zoo.

White-faced saki monkeys are a small to medium sized primate that ranges throughout the northern portion of the Amazon Basin, namely Brazil, Venezuela and the Guyanas. In the wild seeds consist of more than 50% of their diet with soft fruits, leaves, insects and flowers making up the balance. With a wide distribution and lack of major threats, at this time white-faced saki monkeys are considered stable in the wild.




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