Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes new baby mandrill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney’s Animal Kingdom in central Florida has a new addition: a baby mandrill.
Citing a post on the official Disney Parks Blog, the Orlando Sentinel reports the baby monkey was born Wednesday. The blog post says the baby’s gender and weight are unknown as Disney is giving it time to bond with its mom, Scarlett.
Scott Terrell is the director of animal and science operations for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He says mandrills are found in African rain forests, though their habitat is disappearing. He says the birth is a result of a species survival plan, which aims to ensure the responsible breeding of threatened and endangered animals. Mandrills are listed as vulnerable.
Park visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of Scarlett, the baby and its father Winston on Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/