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Wolf's Guenon Birth


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									For Immediate Release: 1/27/2013

              A New Small Wonder for the Small Wonders of Africa Exhibit
                         Birth of Wolf’s Guenon baby at the Sacramento Zoo

WHAT’S             Early Saturday January 26 the Sacramento Zoo’s female Wolf’s Guenon gave birth
HAPPENING:         to her first infant. Currently there are fewer than 35 of these African monkeys,
                   housed at 11 zoos in the United States that are accredited by the Association of
                   Zoos and Aquariums.
WHERE:             Sacramento Zoo, at the corner of Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Rd. in William Land

WHEN:              Saturday, January 26, 2013

WHAT’S             On January 26th the Sacramento Zoo’s female Wolf’s Guenon gave birth to her first
GOING ON:          infant. Currently there are fewer than 35 of these monkeys, housed at 11
                   Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions in the United States.

                   Mimi, the mother, was born at the San Diego Zoo in 2007 and Eddie, the father,
                   was born at the San Antonio Zoo in 1995. Both moved to the Sacramento Zoo last
                   fall. In both the wild and in zoos, parenting can be difficult, especially for first-time
                   mothers; while animal managers are hopeful that this pair of guenons will have
                   learned valuable parenting skills from their parents, preparations are in place
                   should any difficulties arise.

                   “Little is known about Wolf’s Guenons because of their small population in zoos. In
                   the wild, the dense forests in which they live make them hard to spot,” said
                   Harrison Edell, Sacramento Zoo General Curator. “This birth is significant to the
                   Sacramento Zoo; with every birth, we learn more about this species’ biology,
                   contributing to our overall knowledge about this species.”

                   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 guenons are 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.
For Immediate Release: 1/27/2013

Zoo staff were excited to see the clear radiograph image of the baby       Mom and baby on January 26, 2013
guenon, taken January 8, 2013at the Murray E. Fowler veterinary hospital

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

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