Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) December 2018 - Page 4

Building Homes for animals: Colobus crossing By Heather Dishon, Communications Coordinator Brrr! The weather certainly is cold outside right now. In this season of mostly gray skies and an abundance of frosty air, it’s fun to dream of ad- ventures somewhere far away, isn’t it? It’s hard to find those kinds of experiences in wintry Louisville, Ken- tucky – or perhaps not as difficult as you imagine! When you visit the exhibits at the Zoo, many of the sights and scenes are inspired by remote areas around the world. Visiting the Islands will show you the villages and waterways of Indonesia. In Gorilla Forest, you can adventure through the deep, dark rainforests of the Congo. Last issue, we shared the latest updates on Snow Leopard Pass (a new ex- hibit coming in early spring of 2019) inspired by the snowy landscapes and architecture of Tibet. Now, get excited for Colobus Crossing — this new exhibit, also opening in early spring 2019, will whisk you away to Kenya and introduce you to a few of its fascinating inhabitants. If you’re a big fan of primates like me, you may have spent your sum- mer wistfully staring past the orange Colobus monkey construction barriers and fences near the African Outpost. You probably noticed the newly laid concrete, young trees, sinuous wooden climb- ing structures and the metal training platforms of the new primate ex- hibit, all shaping up on the perimeter of an expanded Outpost deck. It wasn’t long ago that two woolly monkeys, another primate species, could be spotted climbing and swinging around the space that used to be called “Monkey Island.” When the Zoo’s woolly monkeys were retired in 2016, it left us with an important choice – what species can we help next? Choosing a spe- cies can be tricky; many things are taken into consideration. Looking 4 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Winter 2018 Schmidt's red-tailed monkey at the talents and expertise of our staff, the exhibit space available, our conservation partners, and the indi- vidual animals within AZA-accredited zoos that would benefit from being moved to a new environment, the Zoo decided on two species na- tive to Kenya: black and white colobus monkeys and Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys. Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys: Ahnmom, Chi Chi and Indi Ahnmom, Chi Chi and Indi will come to the Louisville Zoo from ZooTampa in Florida and National Zoo in Washington. These colorful arboreal monkeys have white noses, long red tails and distinctive puffy, white cheek pouches. As they for-