Thank you everyone who took part in the baby squirrel monkey naming. Your donations helped choose Atlas as the winning name. All funds collected go directly to the care, feeding and special enrichments for the troop.
Little Atlas is loving his new names and responding to it during behavioral training session.
As a nonprofit organization, the Zoo relies on community dollars to help fund daily operations like feeding the animals and providing veterinary care. Any amount is meaningful and every dollar counts toward naming the squirrel monkey babe! The name with the most "votes" will win!
Of the five species of squirrel monkeys, two are currently listed as endangered, however all their wild habitats in South America are being threatened by deforestation. They also have a dicey history with humans, as many ended up in the pet trade from the 1940s-70s especially in Florida. They were offered as an "adorable pet and companion. Almost human.." according to a vintage newspaper ad selling them for $18.95. What the ad failed to mention was their unhuman-like traits of marking their skin and tail with urine to leave messages for other monkeys on your furniture and clothes. They also are social creatures preferring to live in large groups and languishing in homes as solitary pets. Many pet monkeys were released into the wilds of Florida and developed five unique populations. In 2020, only two of these wild populations remain.
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