A pair of mandrill baby monkeys recently born at the Los Angeles Zoo will make their public debut Tuesday.
A female baby was born on Aug. 3 to 5-year-old mother, Juliette, and a male baby was born on Aug. 17 to 4-year-old mother, Clementine.
The first-time mothers were brought to the zoo from Parc Zoologique de La Palmyre in Les Mathes in southwestern France in April 2016 to be paired with the first-time father, 6-year-old Jabari, as part of a species survival program.
"This is a very new breeding group of mandrills that has only been together for about a year, so we're incredibly happy with how well things are going so far," said L'Oreal Dunn, an animal keeper at the zoo. "This species comes from a small area in Africa that isn't accessible to most people, so it's very special that our guests can now observe babies here for the first time in over 40 years."
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Mandrils, which resemble baboons, come mostly from southern Cameroon and the Congo, but there could concentrations in areas not yet identified. They are regarded as vulnerable.