The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the
addition of three spot-nosed guenons (“GWEN-nons”). The guenons arrived from Metro
Richmond Zoo in May.
Visitors will be able to see Jerry (four
years old), Thimble (two years old) and Libby (two years old) on exhibit with the
Zoo’s mona monkeys in Primate Canyon.
Spot-nosed guenons are native to the rain
forests of West Africa and best known for their white nose spot. The spot-nosed guenon’s species name, petaurista means
“springiest-tailed monkey,” describing the primate’s leaping ability. Their
long tail is not prehensile, but helps them balance while moving through the
trees. The guenon’s excellent color vision helps them find ripe fruit while
their large cheek pouches are used for storing their food.