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3 Adorable Baby Monkeys Born At Lincoln Park Zoo During Pandemic

Two Japanese macaques and a Diana monkey have been born at the Lincoln Park Zoo since it had to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newborn Japanese macaques Nikko (left) and Ozu (right) have joined Lincoln Park Zoo's troop of 11 other snow monkeys.
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LINCOLN PARK — Three newborn monkeys have joined the Lincoln Park Zoo since the 35-acre wildlife center had to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Two Japanese macaques and a Diana monkey have been born at the Lincoln Park Zoo since March, according to a press release.

The baby macaques, Nikko and Ozu, were born March 15 and April 18, respectively, according to the zoo. They join the troop of 11 other snow monkeys at the zoo’s Regenstein Macaque Forest exhibit.

“Infants bring such joy to folks at the zoo and make for a very active macaque troop,” said Jill Moyse, the zoo’s curator of primates. “While we are disappointed guests can’t visit the troop currently, our essential staff are enjoying the pick-me-up that two curious primate babies bring.”

The Diana monkey, which has yet to be named, was born April 23 and joins four others at the Regenstein African Journey exhibit, according to the zoo.

The zoo also announced Adia, a 13-year-old Grevy’s zebra, is expecting her fourth offspring to come in July, according to the zoo. Grevy’s zebras are an endangered species in eastern Africa due to hunting and habitat loss.

“We are looking forward to welcoming another Grevy’s zebra to the herd, not only because foals are adorable, but because they will be a success story for this endangered species,” said curator Dan Boehm.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is closed for the first extended period in its 152-year-history due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s rolled out a series of online programming for its guests.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Boystown and Lincoln Park for Block Club Chicago.

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