Mar 25, 2010 8:46 PM by Elaine Sheridan
Denver Zoo has a brand new baby De Brazza's Monkey named "Kanani" on display! Kanani was born in December last year to mother, Marinda and father, Kisoro.
Zookeepers say little Kanani is very active and playful despite Marinda's attempts to be protective. Weather permitting, visitors can see her wiggle away from her mom in the "Primate Panorama" at the Denver Zoo.
De Brazza's Monkeys live in both swamps and forests of central Africa. They are difficult to find, though as they are excellent at hiding and can freeze in place for several hours if they sense they are in danger. In fact, because they hide so well it is unknown how many exist in the wild. Though they are not considered endangered, their greatest threats come from habitat loss.
They typically live in small social groups that generally consist of a dominant male and many females. Adult males weigh around 15 pounds. Females can weigh about half as much. They have grayish fur with black limbs and white backsides. Their faces are distinguishable by orange, crescent-shaped markings on their foreheads and white muzzles and beards. They get their names from Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, a French explorer in the late 1800's.