The infant, a female, was born June 28. Her parents are Lami and George. With her birth, there are now nine Angolan colobus monkeys at Zoo Atlanta. This infant is the fifth born at the zoo. Angolan colobus infants are born solid white. They develop their parents’ black-and-white coloration as they grow older. More than 1,700 votes were cast to name her: Tisa (Swahili for “nine”), Nia (Swahili for “purpose”) or Zuli (Swahili for “beautiful”). And the overwhelming winner, with 1,018 votes, is Zuli (sou

Zoo Atlanta’s baby monkey now has a name

More than 1,700 people voted to name the Angolan colobus monkey

On June 28, parents Lami and George welcomed the fifth infant born into the zoo’s Angolan colobus group.

The zoo decided to let you name the baby girl, and 1,700 of you responded.

The small-primate team narrowed the choices to three, all of which the zoo says are Swahili in origin: 

Tisa, which means nine (there are nine Angolan colobus monkeys in the group).

Nia, which means purpose

Zuli, which means beautiful.

The winner, with 1,018 votes is … Zuli.

According to the zoo, “Angolan colobus monkeys live in groups with multiple females so often others will take turns carrying the infant (known as alloparenting).”

This baby isn’t the only new arrival at the zoo. A baby Western lowland gorilla — yet to be named — was born July 24 to mother Lulu, 19 and father Taz, 30. The newborn is Lulu’s second surviving offspring and the 11th for Taz, and is the grand offspring of Willie B.

» Baby gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta; grandfather was Willie B.

Arriving that same day was a much larger, much older new resident at the zoo.

An 11,000-pound African bull elephant joined Kelly and Tara, two female elephants who have been at the zoo since 1986. Msholo (pronounced “mi-SHOW-low”), who is 30 years old, will be kept off exhibit for a while as he acclimates and is introduced to Kelly and Tara, who are each 36 years old.

» Zoo Atlanta’s African Savanna habitat nears completion

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