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Lincoln Park Zoo wants help naming new baby snow monkey


Japanese macaque Ono and her baby boy, who was born May 2. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015
Japanese macaque Ono and her baby boy, who was born May 2. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

The Lincoln Park Zoo has opened online voting to choose the name for its newest addition, a baby snow monkey.

The public can choose between five names—Obu, Osaka, Okuchi, Otsu, and Obihiro—for the male monkey born on May 2 to mom Ono, according to the North Side zoo’s website. All of the names were picked by the zoo’s animal care experts and match cities in the Japanese macaques’ native habitat.

It’s not coincidence that all of the names start with “O”—the zoo’s plan is to have all the young monkeys’ names start with the first letter of their mom’s name. According to the zoo, having descendants share a common letter in their names makes them easier to track through the generations.

Though the monkey was born less than three weeks ago, he is “receiving plenty of cuddly care from mom and is even starting to explore a little on his own,” according to the zoo. Both Ono and her infant can be seen daily at the zoo.

You can vote on the name at www.lpzoo.org/snowmonkey. Polls will close and the winning name will be announced Friday, May 29.

First baby snow monkey born at Lincoln Park Zoo’s newest habitat

(CHICAGO) Lincoln Park Zoo’s new snow monkey exhibit just opened in April, and it’s population has already grown by one.

“We are absolutely elated too announce the first successful Japanese macaque birth here at Regenstein Macaque Forest,” Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy said in a statement Monday. “The baby appears healthy, is regularly nursing and visually exploring the exhibit while clinging tightly on Ono’s torso.”

The newest macaque, a male, was born born Saturday and zoo officials believe it is a male, though 10-year-old mother Ono has not allowed examination. The baby, who keeps a firm hold on his mother, has not been named.

The baby joins eight other snow monkeys at North Side zoo’s newest exhibit, which features a hot spring, stream and various levels, which will create “an ideal environment for the growing snow monkey population,” the zoo statement said. The monkey troop moved into the space last fall.

Ono was recommended for breeding as part of the Japanese Macaque Species Survival Plan, an organization which manages populations in accredited zoos.

“From a research perspective, this is a significant addition to the population,” research scientist Katie Cronin said in the statement. “The new baby will be the first in this population to grow up with access to touch screen computers–a tool that the monkey can decide whether or not to use–so that we can study cognitive abilities and gain a better understanding of how they think and feel.”

The baby can be seen daily, with Ono, at the Regenstein Macaque Forest, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The new Japanese macaque at Lincoln Park Zoo, an unnamed male, hangs on tightly to mother Ono. | Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo
The new Japanese macaque at Lincoln Park Zoo, an unnamed male, was born May 2, and has not left the arms of mother Ono. | Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo