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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