Please welcome (and visit!) Lucile, one of Como’s newest babies! Lucile is a saki monkey born in the early morning hours of October 24 to mother Patty, and father Milton. This is Milton and Patty’s eighth baby, all born at Como. Their other offspring are all over the country now, from San Diego to Fargo.
The name Lucile is a nod to longtime primate zookeeper Megan who lost her beloved Grandmother Lucile earlier this year.
Saki monkeys have a gestation of five months. Sakis are independent at six months of age but will usually stay with their family group for a year or two.
Patty (18 yo) was born on St. Patty’s Day at Cleveland; Milton (16 yo) was born at Pittsburg. They came to Como 14 years ago to form a breeding pair. Sakis can live into their thirties and will often mate for life.
Sakis display sexual dichromism, which means the males and females are different colors. Infants are born with the brown female coloration, and the males begin to develop the characteristic black body and white face at two months of age.
So why is Patty holding a spoon of peanut butter you ask? She quickly grabbed it from a zookeeper who was using it to entice her to get a good photo!