It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of April, our Callimico Goeldi monkey. April was born at the Zoo in March of 2007 and she passed away on the evening of May 14th, 2019. Her species are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) that the Cherry Brook Zoo proudly takes part in. April’s death was sudden and unexpected, and while we believe it was due to childbirth complications, a necropsy will be performed that will ultimately determine the cause. This process could be several weeks before we learn the results.
The staff mourns April’s loss, as she had been part of the Zoo family for 12 years, and we were unprepared to say goodbye so soon. Veterinary care was present, but we were unable to prevent her passing. April died in the comforting arms of her caretakers.
April was healthy and full of life. Although she was shy, she was friendly and inquisitive, always ready for a delicious mealworm. The average lifespan of the Goedi monkey is 10 years of age in captivity, however many are known to live between 15-20 years. April lived a long life, however she was taken away from us too soon. Riley, her partner, will undoubtedly feel her absence and we are quickly looking into options to provide him with another mate.