(courtesy: Clyde Nishimura, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The National Zoo welcomes a new black howler monkey to its Small Mammal House.
The baby was born to first-time parents Chula and Pele on March 22. Keepers have been monitoring the family since the birth and say that the baby appears to be "bright" and "alert." They also say that Chula and Pele show "strong parental skills."
Zoo officials say that the baby, whose sex has not been determined yet, is the first surviving howler monkey in the National Zoo's history of showing the animal. You can see the entire family at the Small Mammal House.
The black howler has a unique voice box that lets male howler monkey emit a growl that can be heard through three miles of dense forest. They are called as the loudest animal in North, Central and South America, say National Zoo officials.