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Rare monkey born in France

Aug. 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

MULHOUSE, France, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A French zoo announced a rare Roloway monkey was born at the facility, bringing the total population in captivity to 27.

The Mulhouse Zoological and Botanical Park said the monkey was born about two weeks ago and has been named Owabi in honor of a wildlife sanctuary in Ghana, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday.

"The Cercopithecus Roloway is a very endangered species," Mulhouse Zoo veterinarian Benoit Quintard said. "Births of this species are very rare in zoos."

Officials said fewer than 200 Roloway monkeys are believed to currently be living in the wild, making them one of the world's 25 most endangered species of primate.

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