Young monkey is named Zuri by vote of zoo fans

05/11/2013 12:00 AM

05/12/2013 3:02 PM

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

Voting began online April 25 and continued until noon Friday. 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 guenon family is on exhibit at the zoo's Lower Monkey House.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

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