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    Zuri, a Wolf's guenon monkey born at the Sacramento Zoo on Jan. 26, was given its name after public voting in which more than 90,000 votes were cast.

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    Mimi, a Wolf's guenon, on Jan. 28 holds her first baby, which was named Zuri on Friday after public voting.

Voters choose Zuri as name for young Sacramento Zoo monkey

Published: Friday, May. 10, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Sacramento Zoo's young Wolf's guenon monkey will be named Zuri, the public has decided.

Voting began online on April 25 and continued until noon today. People were allowed to vote multiple times.

Five names were proposed by zoo employees for the monkey born Jan. 26: Zuri, Noki, Wali, Kamari and Ayo. After 96,389 votes were cast, Zuri, which means "good, nice, pretty, lovely and cute" in Swahili, won out.

Wolf's guenons are native to central Africa, where they live in forests and forage for fruits, seeds and an occasional insect, zoo officials said. They form loose family groups in the wild and are known to spend time with other primate species, including bonobos, colobus monkeys and other guenons.

The larger, mixed-species groups may provide protection against predators, zoo officials said, noting that many guenons have learned to recognize other monkeys' alarm calls.

The guenon family is on exhibit at the zoo's Lower Monkey House.

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