Date
28 June 2017
The Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey is listed as an endangered species with only about 15,000 of them in mainland China. Photos: HKEJ, Now TV
The Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey is listed as an endangered species with only about 15,000 of them in mainland China. Photos: HKEJ, Now TV

First HK-born Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey at Ocean Park

A baby Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey was born at the Ocean Park on Monday, the first of the species to be born in the city, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The newborn’s parents Qi Qi and Le Le arrived at the Ocean Park from Chengdu Zoo in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

According to hk01.com, the mother Le Le is now in a stable condition after giving birth and is taking care of her baby.

Suzanne Gendron, executive director of zoological operations and education at the park, said the delivery went well, and thanked Chengdu Zoo staff for their support.

The Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

There are only about 15,000 such monkeys left in the wilderness of mainland China.

The exhibition hall housing Le Le and her newborn will remain closed for about three days to give them time to bond and establish a nursing routine.

Yu Jianqiu, assistant director of Chengdu Zoo, said great efforts were taken to assist in the reproduction of the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey.

Only two years after Le Le arrived in Hong Kong, the mating process yielded promising results, Yu added.

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