Thursday, January 06, 2011

Lansing's Potter Park Zoo Welcomes Baby Mandrill

A baby mandrill is the newest addition to the Potter Park Zoo family.

The mandrill, a primate native to Western Africa, was born Nov. 18, 2010, to mother Abuuka and father Loko. The male baby brings the zoo's mandrill population to four, including the baby's brother, Jalani.

Zoo officials typically wait at least a month before announcing the birth of a new animal to make sure the baby and mother are healthy, said Payal Ravani, the zoo's public relations coordinator.

Zoo officials are looking for help from the community in naming the baby mandrill. Names should be found in the region where mandrills originate, such as Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo.

Name suggestions can be e-mailed to by 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Staff will choose the top three names, and the public will vote for the winning name on the zoo's Facebook page,

Full story here.

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