Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) December 2018 - Page 6

The expanded African Outpost deck will provide a relaxing space to watch the primates climb and explore. care, and create a safeguard for animals facing extinction in the van- ishing wild. So, once the primates are settled in — you may even get the opportunity to see the precious offspring of these beautiful pri- mates. That will be some time down the road however, as keepers will first need to spend several months helping the animals get accustomed to their new environment and to each other! “Right now, we’re anticipating the arrival of 7 primates. We’re very excited to get started and get to know each of the individuals and their particular personalities,” said Jill Katka, Assistant Curator of Mammals. As you visit these wonder- ful monkeys and learn about the challenges they face, know that just by supporting the Zoo — you make a difference. Your support, through visits and memberships, helps us to provide financial resources to field conservationists like Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), an organi- zation helping primates through res- cue, research, and public outreach. You can learn more about PASA on page 7. As we celebrate our 50th anniver- sary and the opening of these new exhibits in spring 2019, we hope you will come visit us, meet our new furry ambassadors and allow your heart to be moved by these incredible creatures. Schmidt's red-tailed monkey A Woolly Update! In the 1990s, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) New World Primate Taxon Advisory Group announced plans to phase woolly monkeys out of North American zoo collections. This allowed European zoos to lead the focus on helping this species outside of South America, but also made it impossible to maintain a sustainable population of woolly monkeys in accredited zoos in our country. The Louisville Zoo’s woolly monkeys were retired in 2016 and moved behind-the-scenes in the giraffe house. The New World Primate Taxon Advisory Group determined it was in the monkeys' best interest to remain together in Louisville with their long-time caretaker, woolly monkey expert and Zoo keeper Silvia Zirkelbach. The woollys enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces where they can climb, munch and explore while receiving specialized attention. If you look carefully, you may be able to see them from the Zoo’s train as it passes behind the giraffe exhibit. 6 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Winter 2018