Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) March 2019 - Page 13

C olobus C rossing Imagine you and your family sit- ting on an expanded outdoor dining patio munching on delicious good- ies served from the African Outpost and observing colobus monkeys and Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys as they leap and swing from place to place within their new habitat; they may even cross directly over your head as you walk by the exhibit. You can likely already hear the squeals of joy, awe and wonder coming from your children or grandchildren. The monkeys have arrived in Louisville: 4 male colobus monkeys and 3 red-tailed monkeys. Learn more about them below. Monkeying Around Four colobus monkeys arrived in Louisville in January of 2019: a father and his three sons. All the monkeys in this group are from the Colum- bus Zoo. The father of the group is named Radi and the sons are named Rajesh, Sheldon and Leonard after characters from the TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” Zoo keep- ers say the monkeys are settling in nicely and are already displaying their leaping abilities — sometimes leaping clear across the width of their off-exhibit day room from shelf to shelf. The monkeys seem to be a chatty group so far. “When they aren’t pleased with each other, they sometimes make clucking or click- ing sounds, which are interesting to OPENING APRIL 2019 hear,” Gorilla For- est Supervisor Jill Katka said. Colobus monkeys are arboreal (tree-dwelling); they love to climb and have a diet consisting vegetables like onions, po- tatoes and broccoli and leaves from plants like forsythia, serviceberry and other “browse” collected on Zoo grounds during warmer months and then frozen for the animals to enjoy during the winter. Three members of the second species that will be sharing the new exhibit, Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys, arrived in November 2018. Sisters Indi and Chi Chi came from the Na- tional Zoo in Washington, DC. Indi is described as a confident monkey that calmly watches over her sister. Chi Chi is bolder, exploring enrichment items and seeking new experiences — but still hides behind her sister when things get too exciting. Male Ahnmom came from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, and keepers describe him as a young, active and curious mon- Red-tailed monkey Ahnmom enjoys a nutritious snack. key that enjoys enrichment, toys and just generally having lots of things to do. “It’s a fun challenge keeping him busy,” said Katka. “We like to pre- pare things for him to investigate like paper bags filled with hay and treats inside. We also encourage the mon- keys’ natural foraging behaviors by scattering a variety of foods around the exhibit space like peas, corn, lima beans and other small vegetables.” Come out and meet our new animal ambassadors this spring! New colobus monkeys. Tails were slightly colored by National Zoo to help keepers tell them apart. Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Spring 2019 • 13