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VIDEO: Adorable African Monkey Born at the Bronx Zoo

August 31, 2017 11:14am | Updated August 31, 2017 11:14am
The Angolan colobus monkey is now on display at the Bronx Zoo.
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Bronx Zoo/Julie Larsen Maher

THE BRONX — The Bronx Zoo has an "aww"-inspiring new addition — a baby African monkey.  

The Angolan colobus monkey — whose gender hasn’t been determined — is currently on exhibit in the Congo Gorilla Forest and is now one of six monkeys in the troop, zoo officials said.

The species, native to northern Angola and parts of the Democrartic Republic of Congo, typically live in thick jungle ecosystems, the zoo said. They use their long tails to help them balance while moving through treetops looking for fruit and seeds.

Colobus babies, which are born completely white and begin changing colors at around three months old, are typically taken care of by females, according to the zoo.

While the monkeys are not considered endangered, they’re often threatened with habitat loss from deforestation, the zoo noted.