Public Decides Baby Wolf's Guenon Name

WHAT’S HAPPENING: The results of the naming contest for the Sacramento Zoo’s Wolf’s Guenon, born January 26th, 2013 are in. With 96,389 votes, the winning name is Zuri.

WHEN: Voting began April 25th and ended at noon on May 10th.

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.

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

Wolf's Guenon Baby

 Photo Credit: Mike Owyang

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