News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
August 3, 2017
NOTE: Images of the black-crested mangabey at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded below:

Black-crested Mangabey Born at Brookfield Zoo
     Brookfield, Ill.—There has been a lot of monkeying around happening in Brookfield Zoo’s Tropic World. A black-crested mangabey was born on July 4 and three squirrel monkeys were born on July 9, 20, and 26, and another is due within a week or so. The black-crested mangabey birth is a first at Brookfield Zoo, where the species has been exhibited since 2015. The male monkey, named Zingo, was born to 7–year-old mom Kiwi and 15-year-old dad Videll.

At birth, a mangabey’s facial skin as well as the pigment on the hands and feet is very light in color. These areas will darken to black over time and the tiny crest of hair on the head will develop.  A young mangabey will cling to its mom’s abdomen as she moves around.  As it gets older, she will allow her offspring to explore under her supervision. Male offspring typically leave their natal group when they are 5 years old.

Currently, the mangabeys have access to the habitat in Tropic World: Africa on a rotation basis with the colobus, another primate species, until the new family gets acclimated and the two groups can be introduced to each other. However, when they are visible, guests should be able to spot the newborn from across the exhibit due to the stark contrast of his lightly pigmented areas against his mom, who is all black. 
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
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