The Sacramento Zoo’s charismatic Wolf’s Guenon monkey, born on January 26th, 2013 has a name. With 96,389 votes from the public, the name “Zuri” has been chosen. Zuri means good, nice, pretty, lovely and cute in Swahili. Five names, submitted by Zoo employees, were presented to the public as potential names for the baby guenon.
Wolf’s Guenons are native to central Africa where they inhabit forests and forage for fruits, seeds, and an occasional insect. Forming loose family groups in the wild, these monkeys are even known to spend time with other primate species including Bonobos, Colobus Monkeys and other guenons. A larger mixed-species group may mean that there are more eyes on the lookout for predators, and many guenons have learned to recognize other monkeys’ alarm calls so that they know how to respond correctly if a neighbor spots a leopard or eagle.
The guenon family is currently on exhibit at the Zoo’s Lower Monkey House awaiting the completion of Small Wonders, a soon-to-be renovated habitat across from Tall Wonders (the giraffe deck). Small Wonders will encompass three distinct animal living areas and will house exciting new species to the Sacramento Zoo. In addition to the Wolf’s Guenons, the Zoo will welcome Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Aardvarks, Banded Mongooses and several African birds, including Red-billed Hornbills and Crested Guineafowl.
|Photo by Mike Owyang|