Potter Park Zoo Announces Mandrill Birth

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Potter Park Zoo Announces Mandrill Birth

Jan 5, 2011

LANSING, MI --- Potter Park Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a mandrill, born on November 18, 2010.

“This mandrill birth was recommended in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) 2009 Master Plan, and is one of only a dozen births in the last five years,” said Rebecca Phillips, Vice Coordinator for the Mandrill SSP and a primate manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “Having a new mandrill baby born under the SSP recommendations is important for strengthening sustainable populations that allow visitors to appreciate animals.”

The recent birth brings the zoo’s mandrill population to four. The baby boy is welcomed by his mother Abuuka, father Loko, and brother Jalani. The mandrills are on exhibit and can be visited in the Feline Primate House.

“We’re thrilled about the new baby,” said Dr. Tara Harrison, Veterinarian/Curator at Potter Park Zoo. “He is healthy and active, and already a great addition to the mandrill family.”

The baby doesn’t have a name yet, and the zoo would like the community’s help with naming him. At Potter Park Zoo, animals’ names are chosen according to the region in which their species are found. Mandrills are from Western Africa; specifically Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. Please send appropriate name suggestions to potterparkzoo@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on January 18. Zoo staff will choose the top three names which will then be voted on by the general public through their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/potterparkzoo).

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org.

Payal Ravani, Public Relations Coordinator
517-342-2772 / pravani@ingham.org

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