Christmas baby with hope in its eyes
Published: 20th Dec 2017This new-born macaque is a symbol of optimism for the conservation work of Paignton Zoo and Newquay Zoo.
“Look to the future now, it's only just begun”. Noddy Holder sings it in “Merry Xmas Everybody” and it’s a line that comes to mind when you see the hopeful gaze of this new-born monkey.
The Sulawesi crested black macaque was born at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon on Sunday 17th December. Accomplished photographer and Paignton Zoo regular Chris Rockey took this touching photo of the new arrival in its mother’s arms.
There’s some cause for optimism for the Sulawesi crested black macaque (Macaca nigra). Experts around the world are working to conserve this Critically Endangered species both in zoos and in the wild. Troops can be seen at Paignton Zoo and sister charity Newquay Zoo; Paignton Zoo manages the European Endangered species Programme for the species.
Additionally, Paignton Zoo supports a conservation project called Selamatkan Yaki (“Save the Yaki”) which works on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia to protect the Sulawesi crested black macaque, known locally as yaki. The United Nations recently gave the project a grant worth more than £200,000 over five years.
This youngster (its sex is unknown at this early stage) joins a troop of nine. Dad is named Hickory and mum is Anneke.