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Betsy: The Hand-Reared Colobus Monkey

 

Keith and Andrea

Betsy has made the headlines being the world's first hand reared and weaned Colobus angolensis spp. palliatus. This remarkable feat was carried out by Andrea Donaldson and her partner Keith Thompson, managers of Colobus Conservation.

Betsy has had many brushes with death from the time that she was found by the staff of Colobus Conservation, orphaned in the wild at the age of two weeks. With loving diligence, Betsy has survived against all odds.

The next step to this process is the re-introduction of Betsy to the wild colobus group living in the vicinity of the offices of Colobus Conservation.   Betsy was first visually presented to the group from a distance and over many months, the distance decreased and the time spent with the wild group increased.  Betsy is now playing with the juveniles of the group for hours while the adults rest nearby. 

We will continue our attempts at reintroducing Betsy to the wild colobus group. At almost two years of age, Betsy is still a year and a half away from being sexually receptive.  We are waiting to see how relationships change as she matures.

Colobus Conservation is now providing assistance to zoos around the world in the hopes that more individuals of this nationally threatened species survive. 

Betsy the colobus monkey: first successful hand-reared infant:

 Betsy, as she has grown.

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