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Rare Roloway monkey born in French zoo

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An exceptionally rare Roloway monkey, one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world, was born recently in eastern France, zoo authorities announced on Thursday.


The monkey was born at Mulhouse Zoological and Botanic Park, which is coordinating the European Endangered Species Programme to save the Roloway monkeys, native to a small area of eastern Côte d’Ivoire and the forests of Ghana.

The two-week-old baby has been named Owabi after a wildlife sanctuary in western Ghana.

There are fewer than 200 Roloway monkeys remaining in the wild and only 27 in captivity, according to Mulhouse Zoo veterinarian Benoit Quintard.

"The Cercopithecus Roloway is a very endangered species," he said. "Births of this species are very rare in zoos."

Roloway monkeys are between 44 and 57 centimetres long, with tails that can reach lengths of 86 centimetres, and on average weigh about five kilogrammes.

Predominantly black, with white areas at the throat and the interior side of the arms, Roloway monkeys are distinguished by their pointed white beards.

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