A baby spot-nosed guenon (GWEN-ON) was born at Memphis Zoo on Saturday, July 15. Lesser spot-nose guenon’s scientific name, Cercopithecus petaurista, means “springiest monkey,” and the new baby lives up to this name.
The baby boy, named “Grommet,” is the second offspring for “Thimble” and “Jerry.” Mother and baby are doing well, and are currently on exhibit in Primate Canyon. They’re on exhibit with the rest of the group, which includes “Libby,” and sibling “Benjamin Button,” who was born in 2016.
“Thimble is an excellent mother, and we are very excited about the birth of her second baby,” said Courtney Janney, Curator.
Spot-nosed guenons are so named due to the white spot on the tip of their noses. The baby, unlike the adults, does not have a white nose. The whitening of the fur happens with age, and will turn in the next few months.