A New Small Wonder for the Small Wonders of Africa Exhibit
Birth of Wolf's Guenon baby at the Sacramento Zoo

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Early Saturday January 26 the Sacramento Zoo’s female Wolf’s Guenon gave birth to her first infant. Currently there are fewer than 35 of these African monkeys, housed at 11 zoos in the United States that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

WHERE: Sacramento Zoo, at the corner of Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Rd. in William Land Park.

WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013

WHAT’S GOING ON: On January 26th the Sacramento Zoo’s female Wolf’s Guenon gave birth to her first infant. Currently there are fewer than 35 of these monkeys, housed at 11 Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions in the United States.

Mimi, the mother, was born at the San Diego Zoo in 2007 and Eddie, the father, was born at the San Antonio Zoo in 1995. Both moved to the Sacramento Zoo last fall. In both the wild and in zoos, parenting can be difficult, especially for first-time mothers; while animal managers are hopeful that this pair of guenons will have learned valuable parenting skills from their parents, preparations are in place should any difficulties arise.

“Little is known about Wolf’s Guenons because of their small population in zoos. In the wild, the dense forests in which they live make them hard to spot,” said Harrison Edell, Sacramento Zoo General Curator. “This birth is significant to the Sacramento Zoo; with every birth, we learn more about this species’ biology, contributing to our overall knowledge about this species.”

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 guenons are 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.                                                                       

CONTACT: For more information, to set up an interview or for more photos contact Tonja Swank at 916-808-7446 or tswank@saczoo.org.

Wolf's Guenon Radiograph
Zoo staff were excited to see the clear radiograph image of the baby
guenon, taken January 8, 2013 at the Murray E. Fowler veterinary

Wolf's Guenon with Baby
Mom and baby on January 26, 2013


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