Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Denver Zoo’s 7-year-old mandrill Kumani became a mom.
Baby Kesi was born on May 10 and is the zoo’s first baby mandrill since 2003, when they had a “baby boom” of two, according to a press release.
The father is 11-year-old Jelani. Congrats to dad, too.
“Our animal care team says Kumani has already proven to be a great mom, providing Kesi with the care and attention she needs to thrive,” a press release says.
That’s the kind of support for mothers we’re here for!
Here’s the picture you’re here for:
Kumani arrived at the Denver Zoo last year at the recommendation of the Species Survival Plan, the press release says. The International Union of Conservation of Nature lists mandrills as vulnerable.
Kumani and Kesi’s kin are typically found in the rainforests of central west Africa. They have bright blue and red faces and long teeth, and they travel in groups known as “troops.”
The Denver Zoo’s troop lives in the Congo Basin area. Your best bet to see Kesi is to get there first thing in the morning or at lunchtime.