It’s a girl! A female baby mandrill, seen here bonding with first-time mom Hazel, was born April 10, 2021, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Disney Animal Kingdom guests can catch a glimpse of mom and the healthy newborn, named Ivy, while on board the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. With this birth, the troop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom now includes four generations of mandrills from the same family, mirroring the social system of mandrills found in the wild.
This birth is the latest example of how Disney animal care experts partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on Species Survival Plans to ensure responsible breeding for endangered species.
Photo Credit: Disney, David Roark, photographer