Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rare Snow Monkey Born At Minnesota Zoo

snow monkey bornThe Minnesota Zoo today announced the birth of a rare snow monkey.

"Tama" was born Saturday and is the zoo's fifth snow monkey birth since 2004.

Snow monkeys can only be seen at nine other accredited zoos in the United States, and legend has it that the snow monkey is the species depicted in the ancient visual maxim, "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."

This year, the Minnesota Zoo will begin supporting field research on snow monkeys at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University in Japan.

Snow monkeys are medium-sized primates recognized by their reddish-colored faces, whiskers/beards, and long, dense brown fur.

They originate from Japan and live in troops ranging from 25 to more than 500 individuals.

Snow monkeys have a complex system of communication including more than 30 vocal sounds and a wide range of facial and body expressions. They eat fruit, roots, leaves, insects, crops such as rice, maize and potatoes.

Story here.

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