Archive for Monkeys
Animals and pumpkins may seem like an unlikely pairing, but they are a big hit at the zoo. With so many pumpkins here for the Wild Zoo Halloween, zoo keepers are grabbing gourds to use as enrichment with the animals.
Enrichment is the practice of introducing novel foods and objects to provide mental and physical stimulation for the animals.
Pumpkins can be used as toys, food, or a container for treats. The dingoes’ pumpkins were covered in papier-mâché to make them extra-challenging to open. The red pandas got pumpkins stuffed with bamboo leaves and grapes, and the capuchin monkeys received jack-o-lanterns with treats inside. The orangutans simply cracked open the pumpkins and ate the seeds!
Enjoy these photos of zoo critters with their pumpkins – click on the photos to enlarge.
Posted in: Monkeys, Orangutans, Red Panda, Zoo News
Meet Kaasidy, Our Little Daredevil
How many ways can a 9-month-old monkey worry her keepers? Kaasidy the baby colobus monkey is trying to find out.
“She’s quite the daredevil ,” said African Journey Area Manger Amber Eagleson of Kaasidy. Eagelson describes Kaasidy’s first day in the new colobus monkey exhibit, when the little monkey climbed to the top of the exhibit, let go, and dropped ten feet to a low branch. “My heart stopped for just a second,” says Eagleson. But Kaasidy had no worries – she climbed to the top and did it all over again.
One of Kaasidy’s favorite antics is to hang from the long bushy tails of her mother, Jibini, and Wamblenica, another female. “They don’t seem to mind at all,” said Eagleson. But dad’s tail is off-limits. “We never see her hanging from Finnigan’s tail – he’s not as tolerant as the females.”
Kaasidy was born on September 25, so she was on exhibit for only a few days before the zoo closed for the season. The colobus family moved back outdoors after their exhibit in the African Journey was completely rebuilt and enlarged this spring. Colobus monkeys are native to the forests of central and eastern Africa.
Eagleson encourages you to spend time at the colobus exhibit and watch Kaasidy at play. “She only rests for a few minutes,” Eagleson said. “Then she’s back at it again.”
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Swamp Monkey Family is Growing!
Swamp monkeys Brie and Bangi are parents again! A new addition to the family was born on Thursday, November 1.
The baby, whose gender is not yet known, is the 5th baby for the prolific pair. The infant has plenty of older siblings to keep it company: older brother Anderson, age 3, and sisters Izzy, 2, and Luella, 1 are extremely curious about the new arrival. An older sister, named Calvin, is now living at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
As with any addition to a family, the dynamics of the swamp monkey group have shifted. “At first, Luella seemed upset that she couldn’t get all of her mom’s attention,” said zoo keeper Erin Fairchild, “but she seems to have adjusted to the new baby.”
For now, the baby clings to Brie’s belly to nurse and nap. In a few weeks, the youngster should begin to interact with its brothers and sisters. By the time the zoo opens on April 20, the baby will be hopping, jumping, and swinging in the enclosure with its siblings!
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Posted in: Baby Animals, Monkeys
Baby Colobus Monkey Born at the Zoo
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby black and white colobus monkey, the first to be born in 12 years at the zoo. The female baby was born on September 25.
The infant, named Kaasidy, and her mother, Jibini, went outdoors into their exhibit for the first time late this morning in the African Journey. The baby’s father is named Finnigan.
Colobus babies are covered in white fur. At 3-4 months of age, they develop the deep black coat, shaggy white mantle, and tufted white tail typical of adult colobus monkeys.
Jibini is a first-time mother, so zoo keepers have been watching carefully to make certain she is caring for her baby.
For now, Kaasidy can be seen clinging to her mother’s belly, though in a few weeks she’ll begin to climb about. However, to protect the baby, the monkeys will only be allowed access to their outdoor exhibit when the outdoor temperature is above 60 degrees.
Colobus monkeys are native to Africa’s equatorial forests, where they spend nearly all of their time in trees feeding on fruits, leaves, and other vegetation. Some populations are threatened due to habitat loss and hunting for their dramatic black-and-white coat. To maintain a genetically healthy zoo population of colobus monkeys, they are cooperatively managed by the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo closes for the season on Sunday, October 14. Portions of the zoo will be open during the Wild Zoo Halloween, beginning October 19, but the African Journey will not be open during the Wild Zoo Halloween.
Posted in: Baby Animals, Monkeys