Archive for the 'Apes and Monkeys' Category

Gorilla Vila is 52!

Posted at 4:10 pm October 28, 2009 by Peggy Sexton

gorilla_vila_1Vila has long been a favorite of visitors and staff at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. She is one of the three oldest known gorillas living today, and we had a birthday party for her on Wednesday, October 28. We wrapped presents full of fruit, nuts, and seeds for the entire troop, and Vila enjoyed a peanut-butter frosted banana ice cake topped with carrot “candles.” The gorilla exhibit was decorated with flowers, ginger leaves, colorful streamers, and “Happy Birthday” signs stuck to rocks with peanut butter. See video


Frank the Gorilla: First Year

Posted at 12:19 pm August 21, 2009 by Greg Vicino

gorilla_frank_7-09_1Life in the troop has certainly had an incredible impact on little Frank’s social development, but even more impressive is the impact it has had on Frank’s family. Back when Frank was born and we realized we were going to have to intervene at some level, we had many candid discussions about how best to raise this kid, without hampering his true “gorilla skills.”


Monkey Moves

Posted at 9:51 am August 21, 2009 by Nerissa Foland

Spot-nosed guenon Abu

Spot-nosed guenon Abu

In the last few months, we have seen many changes in the San Diego Zoo’s Lost Forest zone, not the least of which is the reappearance of some old friends. A few years ago, we said goodbye to some monkey residents when they moved to another area of the Zoo. At the beginning of June, we saw a flurry of monkey moves, and Allen’s swamp monkeys Koni, Marbelina, Murrie, and their family, plus Schmidt’s spot-nosed guenons Patty and Abu, are back! They are currently having a blast in our lower exhibit just west of the hippos while the previous tenants, Allen’s swamp monkeys Msafiri, Jaribu, Sitawi, and Ota, were moved to our upper exhibit.


Langurs: From Orange to Silver

Posted at 10:04 am July 16, 2009 by Beth McDonald

The silver-leaf langur babies at the San Diego Zoo are doing very well (see previous post, Langurs: Bright Orange Babies). Tevy’s baby, born on February 26, 2009, is almost all silver with only a little bit of orange left. Adamena’s baby, born on April 13, is still mostly orange. The babies play together throughout the day. I have seen them climbing around and jumping from one branch to the next. They will swing around on branches, holding on with one hand, and hang upside down.


Keeping Up with Lion-Tailed Macaques

Posted at 11:10 am July 13, 2009 by Beth McDonald

We have a troop of six lion-tailed macaques (one male and five females) at the San Diego Zoo. They have a beautiful habitat on the Sun Bear Trail in the Asian Passage zone. These energetic monkeys are very entertaining to watch: they love ripping boxes and bags open to see what’s inside, like opening a present. The troop likes to keep busy, so we provide enrichment for them at least three times a day.


Gibbon Siblings Reunited

Posted at 7:41 am June 17, 2009 by Beth McDonald

I just wanted to update everyone on the San Diego Zoo’s Gabrielle’s crested (or red-cheeked) gibbon, Gaby, and her new roommate, Chui (see post, Gibbon: New Home for Gaby). He arrived on May 8, is seven years old, and is Gaby’s baby brother! Gaby and Chui lived with their parents and other siblings at the Wild Animal Park. When Gaby was four, she left her younger brother to come to the Zoo; now, almost five years later, they are back together again.


Langurs: Bright Orange Babies

Posted at 4:16 pm April 28, 2009 by Beth McDonald

You may think most newborn monkeys would blend in with their mothers. However, with silver-leaf langurs it is quite the opposite: their babies are a beautiful bright orange! There are several theories as to why this is; unfortunately, it is unknown which theory is accurate.

Theory 1: It makes it easy for the mothers to find them, as young langurs like to explore. They can sometimes travel a little too far away from their mothers. Being bright orange, their mothers can easily spot and retrieve them.


Little Guenon and Mother

Posted at 10:45 am April 27, 2009 by Janet Hawes


Gigi at five months

Installment #6

Read Installment #5, Little Guenon, Big Step

By early March 2009, Gigi was making the transition to Wolf’s guenon life well. She was obviously fully accepted by devoted sister Mimi, tolerated by her stoic father, and her older brother Dru was as gentle and tolerant as we could reasonably hope for. Things were not perfectly harmonious, though. There were times when Gigi’s mom, Fifi, would show some behavior that was concerning to us.


Gibbon: New Home for Gaby

Posted at 9:13 am April 23, 2009 by Beth McDonald

A red-cheeked gibbon mother with youngster

A red-cheeked gibbon mother with youngster

Gibbons are monogamous and, unlike most primates, they maintain a matriarchal society. The natural living arrangements for gibbons are a monogamous pair and their young offspring. When the offspring are mature, they will take cues from their parents and leave in search of starting their own family. The stronger the family bond is between the parents and their young, the more confident they are. They will be more vocal, more defensive of their territory, and more protective of their young. This is reflective of a strong, thriving family of gibbons.


Silver-leaf Langurs

Posted at 11:35 am March 16, 2009 by Beth McDonald

Meet our new silver-leaf langurs! Aden, our resident male, is brave, outgoing, and adventurous. He lives with four females: Tevy, LiLi, Adamena, and Zoe. Tevy and LiLi are mature and attentive to the younger langurs; Adamena learns a lot from Tevy and LiLi; Zoe is our youngest and smallest, timid yet curious.