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Dublin: 11 °C Monday 20 October, 2014

Down? Dublin Zoo’s new arrival will keep the blues at manga-bey*

Sorry. But it is ridiculously cute.

Image: Patrick Bolger

DUBLIN ZOO TODAY announced the arrival of their newest arrival – a newborn female white-crowned mangabey.

The baby, born last month to happy parents Tema and Danso is the third of the endangered creatures to be born at Dublin Zoo in the last few months.

In fact, the Zoo is one of twelve zoos in Europe participating in a breeding programme for the animals. It has seen 18 white crowned mangabeys born in the last 10 years.

Mangabeys are listed as endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with rapidly declining numbers.

Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader from the African Plains in Dublin Zoo says the baby is settling in well.

“We are very proud of the new mangabey arrival at Dublin Zoo. This is Tema’s third baby and she is a fantastic mum. She takes everything in her stride and Danso is a very protective dad. The new arrival will stay close to her mother for about a year but will eventually become more independent.”

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(Patrick Bolger)

To celebrate all of the animals in their care, the Zoo is looking to crown the country’s favourite animal, running a survey until 18 December.

Read: Ah would ya look, two endangered baby mangabeys born at Dublin Zoo

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