Palm Beach Zoo Announces Naming Contest for Critically Endangered Mexican spider monkey

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announces a public naming contest for its four-month-old Mexican spider monkey, which represents the first birth for the critically endangered species this year.

“While the sex remains unconfirmed, staff is pretty sure it is a girl,” explained Nancy Nill, Associate Curator for the zoo. “However, animal keepers have come up with non-gender specific names, just in case.”

The public is asked to choose from the following names:

  • Tesoro: for Tesoro Escondido spider monkey preserve in central America
  • Arana: means spider in Spanish
  • Novia: means sweetheart in Spanish
  • Moja: means one
  • Kipekee: means unique

The Mexican baby spider monkey and mother Raven can be seen at the zoo’s Spider Monkey Island. A daily Spider Monkey Talk takes place at 11 a.m. 

All votes must be cast by Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will be announced via the zoo’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms on Wednesday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. 

The zoo thanks the community for their support and participation in this contest! 

About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit

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