November 29, 2012

On this day in 1961 – Nov. 29 – Enos, a chimpanzee, was launched into space aboard the Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission.

The name given to “Enos,” the chimp selected to fly the MA-5 mission, in Hebrew means “man”. Enos’s backups were (in order possible call-up) Duane, Jim, Rocky and Ham (the MR-2 veteran). Enos was from Cameroon, Africa, (originally called Chimp # 81), and was purchased by the USAF on April 3, 1960. His flight was preceded by both fellow chimp Ham and astronaut Alan Shepard who had been launched into space but had not orbited the earth.

(Source: The Denver Post)

August 24, 2011
Animal Photo of the Day
Bolivian squirrel monkeys gather around a toy soccer ball during a photocall at London Zoo in central London, on August 18, 2011. The zoo has a total of 22 squirrel monkeys, with one adult male ‘Bounty’ having fathered eleven offspring.
(AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

Animal Photo of the Day

Bolivian squirrel monkeys gather around a toy soccer ball during a photocall at London Zoo in central London, on August 18, 2011. The zoo has a total of 22 squirrel monkeys, with one adult male ‘Bounty’ having fathered eleven offspring.

(AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

(Source: The Denver Post)

March 26, 2011
This day last year: The zoo’s baby monkeys

Last year on March 26, Denver Zoo visitors had their first opportunity to meet Kanani, a baby De Brazza’s monkey born on Dec. 19, 2009. By March she was exploring the spaces in her corner of the Zoo’s Primate Panorama. It is unknown how many of the monkeys live in the wild as they are expert at eluding detection, The Post reported in a story about the baby’s first appearance. (Denver Post video)

In other Denver Zoo baby news, 2010 marked the hatching of baby Komodo dragons, making Denver’s the only North American zoo to succeed in breeding the endangered giant lizards on three occasions. Komodo dragons live on Indonesian islands, and fully grown, can exceed 10 feet in length and weigh in at over 250 pounds.

Zookeepers used tweezers to help the baby vulture break out of the shell.Masks, puppets and tweezers, oh my! These are some of the tools Denver Zoo staff used in 2007 to help a cinereous vulture chick that ran into trouble trying escape its shell. After months of careful work feeding the chick with a puppet that helped to prevent the bird from bonding to humans, the chick was healthy and on the road to rejoining the rest of its kind. (Photo by David Parsons, Provided by The Denver Zoo)

More monkeys at the Zoo: Kanani’s little brother, Kanoa, was born Nov. 27, 2010, and debuted Dec. 30. The Zoo told The Denver Post in December that Kanoa was already climbing around his habitat and was "very independent and precocious despite his mother’s early attempts to be protective."

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