Lake Superior Zoo unveils names of baby monkeys

By KBJR News 1

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was all monkey business at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth Tuesday as zoo keepers unveiled the names of two baby monkeys born this past summer.

Kermit was chosen for the male monkey because he likes to hop around like a frog..,while the female was named Kaya, after a city in Africa.

The zoo asked for the community's help in naming the Angolan Colobus (monkeys.

Guests who attended this year's "Boo at the Zoo" cast votes for their favorite names, while making donations to Colobus conservation efforts.

Zookeeper David Thompson says the birth of the monkeys is significant as they are the first born in the zoo's Species Survival Plan.

"It does allow us to conserve the species in the American zoo system, so we have a certain number of animals we want to reach and and we're happy to add two more to the collection," said Thompson.

Five hundred dollars from the baby naming vote and miscellaneous donations are being sent to the Colobus conservation.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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