The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a patas monkey—the fourth in just under two years. Parents, Sara and M.J., welcomed the new baby early in the evening on November 30. The gender of the baby is unknown at this time; zoo staff will wait until the gender is determined to give it a name.
The new baby can be seen on exhibit at the zoo and via a web cam funded by Friends of the Zoo at www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/live.
The zoo invites the community to help choose the young monkey’s name. The choices are:
Those interested in voting can do so online at www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/naming-contest.
Meanwhile, staff at the zoo are preparing D.J. and Kibibi, the first two patas monkeys born at the zoo in 2011, for a transfer to Zoo Boise, in Idaho, in the coming weeks.
The city of Boise is looking forward to welcoming the sisters to form a new family. Patas monkeys are social animals and D.J. and Kibibi will provide much-needed companionship for their existing male, Incus. Friends of Zoo Boise has pledged to raise $209,000 for a specially-built patas monkey exhibit, which will be the new home to all three monkeys.
“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is working diligently to increase the patas monkey population,” said Ted Fox, director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. “With its new exhibit, Zoo Boise will provide an excellent home for D.J. and Kibibi.”
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is one of only 15 American zoos to house patas monkeys. They are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) - a collaborative effort between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and zoos around the world to help ensure their survival.
Patas monkeys are members of the Guenon family, a diverse group of African monkeys found from the rainforest of Western Africa through the savannahs of Kenya. With their slender bodies and long limbs, patas monkeys are better physically suited for a life on the ground rather than up in the trees. They are one of the fastest primates, capable of reaching speeds upwards of 30 mph. Patas are recognized by a black brow ridge and nose, as well as by a distinctive white area surrounding their mouths that resembles a mustache.