Posted In Visitors | 11th October 2023

Dublin Zoo Welcomes a White-Naped Mangabey Baby

50% Off Tickets* to Celebrate

Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of a white-naped mangabey to its troop. The baby, born on September 26th, is the eighth offspring of mother Monifa and father Danso. Weighing approximately 400g, keepers have said it is too early to determine the sex of the infant.

To celebrate this significant birth, Dublin Zoo is offering visitors a 50% ticket discount* this Saturday, 14th October and Sunday, 15th October. Lucky families and friends will catch a glimpse of the yet-to-be-named infant, who joins the other 7 white-naped mangabeys at the Dublin Zoo African Plains.

The white-naped mangabeys inhabit a large island in Dublin Zoo that is very similar to their natural habitat in the wild. With plenty of tree cover and ground space, the troop can be seen foraging for food on the forest floor and in the heights of the trees. They have a diverse diet, enabled by strong jaws and large teeth that allow them to eat hard nuts, fruit, seeds and insects.

Dublin Zoo takes part in the European Endangered Species Programme for the white-naped mangabeys. The species is listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to being hunted for food and deforestation.

Their population is restricted in the wild to densely forested pockets in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Dublin Zoo has supported the West African Primate Conservation Action since it was established in 2001 to work with indigenous communities and governments to help protect the most vulnerable species in the region, including the white-naped mangabey.

Helen Clarke-Bennett, team leader of the African Plains said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the arrival of an infant white-naped mangabey, Monifa and Danso’s eighth offspring at Dublin Zoo. Although their wild population size is unknown, the species is considered Endangered, with their numbers rapidly declining in the wild.

Danso and Monifa are attentive parents, and we are excited to watch their family grow as they develop a natural bond with their infant. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Dublin Zoo this weekend, when they can hopefully catch a glimpse of our growing troop of white-naped mangabeys at the African Plains.”

Dublin Zoo is open seven days a week from 9.30am – 5.30pm. You can book tickets here.

*This offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is only applicable to full price tickets booked online for October 14th and October 15th 2023, and as such excludes student, senior citizen, additional needs tickets, and group bookings.