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Woolly wonder will pull in the crowds at Monkey World

Friday 2nd April 2010

THE latest addition to the Monkey World family should prove a star attraction this Easter.

Baby Ayla, a woolly monkey and the first daughter of mum Piquita, was born at the ape sanctuary, near Wool, last month.

Ayla, which means moonlight, is one of 14 woolly monkeys at the park, the largest captive population of the species in the world.

Centre director Alison Cronin said: “Woolly monkeys are declining around the world, both in the wild and in captivity, so this new arrival at the park is extra special.

“Ayla is one of four healthy infants currently at the park, so we’re hopeful that the success of our breeding programme will contribute to international woolly monkey conservation.”

Monkey World is the only centre where woolly monkey numbers are expanding and not declining towards extinction.

Park workers say Ayla, who was born without complications, is already proving to be a strong and confident youngster.

Woolly monkeys are particularly difficult to breed in captivity due to females suffering from high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Wolly wonder will pull in the crowds at Monkey World

A park spokesman said: “Visit Monkey World this Easter Bank Holiday weekend and the first 100 children to enter the park each day (from Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5) will receive a free Easter egg.”

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