2 baby mandrills make debut at Los Angeles Zoo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two baby mandrills have made their debut at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The mandrills, a male and a female by different mothers, were introduced to the public on Tuesday.

Mandrills are the largest monkey species. The adult males are known for their colorful red-and-blue muzzles. Mandrills also have red and blue rumps.

The babies don't have names yet but the zoo says they've been playing and exploring their environment.

The mandrills were both born in August to mothers Clementine and Juliette, who came to L.A. from a zoo in France.

The babies were born to a first-time father, Jabari, under a survival program that's designed to strengthen the gene pool of vulnerable species.

Mandrills are affected by the loss of their African habitat. They're also hunted for their meat.

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