[monkeywire] Monkey glee, monkey new
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Tue Aug 6 11:36:28 EDT 2002
Monkey glee, monkey new
By Jason Sheehan, Rocky Mountain News
August 2, 2002
For a face only a mother can love, hundreds of people packed the
Denver Zoo on Thursday to catch their first glimpse of Tuki, a
3-month-old mandrill in the Congo Basin exhibit, which opened
"She was having a ball," said zoo spokeswoman Angela Baier about the
first mandrill to be born at the zoo in 15 years.
"She is full of spunk. She's getting more and more adventurous, and
she's really enjoying the children."
While a new $3.1 million Congo Basin is made up of three spacious
habitats, Baier said the true stars of the exhibit are the three
playful monkeys. "They love the crowds," Baier said. "The mandrills
come right up to the glass and stick their hands on it. They're
literally nose to nose."
But it is a 15-year-old male named DJ that is stealing the show,
Baier said. After years of avoiding crowds, DJ has warmed to his new
"He was just staring at two little kids in a stroller," Baier said
Thursday. "He seemed to be enjoying himself just as much as they
To celebrate the opening of Congo Basin and the completion of Primate
Panorama, families can enjoy weekend activities at Celebrate Africa.
Every weekend through Labor Day, Congo Basin will be filled with the
sounds of the Heritage African Dance and Drum group and storytelling
by Santemu Aakhuu.
The Congo Basin is an addition to the 6-year-old Primate Panorama. It
is expected to be quite lush when the plant materials mature. Many of
the animals had to be removed when their previous home was destroyed
for a new parking lot at the zoo. Other elements of the new exhibit
include enhancements to the Shamba area to give it more of a "lived-
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