The Greenville Zoo recently welcomed a male black and white colobus monkey in what was a surprise for zoo staff. This on is the second successful colobus birth at the zoo.
The monkeys are part of a Species Survival Plan, a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums designed to maintain genetic diversity among species outside the wild.
“The birth of this threatened species is an extraordinary event, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with the community,” said Jeff Bullock, Greenville Zoo director. “The baby colobus monkey had a successful routine physical and is adapting extremely well in his new environment. We hope with the warmer temperatures, the public will have the opportunity to see him quite a bit as he makes his debut.”
The zoo is holding a naming contest for the new baby. Suggestions must be submitted by March 12, 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Name the Baby Contest, Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville, SC 29601. Winners will be announced at a zoo celebration in late March. The winners of the contest will receive a basket valued at more than $200, which includes a Peacock Zoo membership.
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