Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) Trunkline Magazine: September 2016 | Page 12

A Woolly Retirement According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2016 is the year of the monkey which means lots of changes! This year has proven lively for the Louisville Zoo so far, bringing many twists and turns. As you know, in the early part of the year, the Africa zone underwent some major construction, with the renovation the elephant areas and enlarging of guest walkways near the zebra exhibit. If you’ve visited the Zoo lately, you may have noticed that Monkey Island (formerly the woolly monkey exhibit) near the African Outpost remains inaccessible. We are pleased to announce construction will be underway soon for an exciting new African primate exhibit to be located in place of current Monkey Island. This new exhibit was outlined in the Louisville Zoo’s new master plan unveiled earlier this year, which contains our vision for the future of the Zoo. You can learn more at The first step of this exciting new adventure meant that it was time for our woolly monkeys, Henry (20 years old) and Tomas (17 years old), to officially celebrate their retirement! The plans to remove woolly monkeys from exhibit have been in place for some time; the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) New World Primate Taxon Advisory Group announced plans in the late 1990s to phase woolly monkeys out of North American zoo collections. The decision was made so 12 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2016 Zoo Keeper Silvia Zirkelbach grooms woolly monkey Henry with a small brush. that European zoos could lead the focus on helping this species. Henry and Tomas remained at the Louisville Zoo due to our excellent woolly monkey care. They are now the last two woolly monkeys left in a North American zoo. Henry and Tomas had their rare status documented in June 2014, when renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore visited Louisville Zoo to photograph