2 baby mandrill monkeys make debut at Los Angeles Zoo

September 26, 2017

A baby mandrill monkey sleeps it's mother's lap in their enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. The zoo is welcoming two mandrill babies to the troop, the largest of the monkey species and one of the most colorful. A female baby was born on Aug. 3, 2017 to five-year-old mother, Juliette and a male baby was born on Aug. 17, 2017 to four-year-old mother, Clementine. The first-time mothers came to the L.A. Zoo from Parc Zoologique de La Palmyr in France in April 2016 to be paired with the first-time father, six-year-old Jabari, as part of a Species Survival Program (SSP) to strengthen the gene pool of this vulnerable species. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two baby mandrills, a type of monkey, have made their debut at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The mandrills, a male and a female by different mothers, were introduced to the public Tuesday.

Mandrills are the largest monkey species. The adult males are known for their colorful red-and-blue muzzles. The animals also have red-and-blue rumps.

The babies don’t have names yet, but the zoo says they’ve been playing and exploring their environment.

They were born in August to mothers Clementine and Juliette, who came to LA from a zoo in France.

The babies were born to a first-time father, Jabari, under a survival program that’s designed to strengthen the gene pool of vulnerable species.

Mandrills are affected by the loss of their African habitat. They’re also hunted for their meat.

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