LANSING - The folks at Potter Park Zoo has a new primate on their hands.
On Wednesday, zoo officials announced a new mandrill was born at the zoo in November. It's a boy, and brings Potter Park Zoo's mandrill population to four. Mandrills are the world's largest species of monkey. The males grow up to have colorful faces with reds, blues, and even gold coloration. Madrills are endangered.
The new baby boy needs a name and the zoo wants to public's help. At Potter Park Zoo, animals' names are chosen according to the region in which their species are found. Mandrills are from Western Africa; specifically Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. Please send appropriate name suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on January 18. Zoo staff will choose the top three names which will then be voted on by the general public through their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/potterparkzoo).