Spot Nose Guenon Baby at Memphis Zoo
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Spot Nose Guenon Baby at Memphis Zoo

Primate Canyon is growing by one after the birth of a spot-nosed guenon.

Thimble and Jerry welcomed a baby boy on September 3rd. Fun fact, all of Thimble’s offspring have been boys!

This is her fourth baby and keepers tell us she is a wonderful mom.

With this birth, the guenon troop count is now up to 6.

The baby may start venturing off mom for short adventures with his brothers in about 2 weeks, but do not worry, mom will be nearby to make sure they aren’t playing too rough.


Spot-nosed Guenon

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.