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Endangered Snow Monkey Born at the Great Plains Zoo

The Great Plains Zoo announced today the birth of an endangered Snow Monkey baby. The male baby, born on May 16, is the sixth Snow Monkey born at the Zoo, and is one of 24 endangered species cared for by the Zoo.

“The arrival of the Snow Monkey baby is a very significant and exciting birth,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “The Great Plains Zoo is one of only 14 zoos to care for this endangered species, so a Snow Monkey can be a rare find in U.S. zoos.”

With the new addition, the Zoo is now home to 14 Snow Monkeys. The baby was born to 9-year-old Isshi and 12-year old Kisho. On average, infants weigh about one pound at birth and are carried on their mothers’ bellies for the first four weeks. Also known as Japanese Macaques, Snow Monkeys are native to the snowy mountains of Japan and are well-known for their intelligence and social behavior.

The new Snow Monkey is currently without a name. Guests to the Zoo’s annual fundraising gala, Jungle Jubilee, on Thursday, August 3, can bid on a chance to name the new baby during the live auction. Jungle Jubilee tickets can be purchased online at www.greatzoo.org/junglejubilee or by calling 605-367-8313, ext. 132.

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at www.greatzoo.org or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.

About the Great Plains Zoo

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

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