Friday, October 12, 2007

Denver Zoo Celebrates Birth Of Rare Mangabey Monkey

mangabey monkeyA rare, red-capped mangabey monkey has been born at the Denver Zoo, one of only 27 living in North American zoos.

The birth of the monkey, named Kanzu, on Sept. 30, brings Denver's mangabey troop to six. Zookeepers haven't yet determined the monkey's gender.

They named it Kanzu, a Swahili word for treasure.

The monkey's mother, Galina, gave birth to a female, named Kipaji, last spring.

Kanzu is the fourth red-capped mangabey born at the zoo. Only eight North American zoos count the species among their collections.

Red-capped mangabeys are native to a very small region near the west coast of sub-Saharan Africa.

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