Zoo celebrates baby macaque... and now it needs your help to name it

The baby macaque that needs a name
The baby macaque that needs a name

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MEET the latest arrival at Marwell Zoo – a critically-endangered baby macaque.

And now they are asking for your help to name the little infant.

Born to mum, Drusilla and dad, Douglas, the baby girl is an important addition to the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) and is the first macaque to be born at the zoo for 10 years.

Sulawesi-crested macaques (Macaca nigra) are the most endangered of the seven macaque species found on the island of Sulawesi. In the wild they live in tropical rainforests and mangrove swamp areas on the Northern Peninsula of the Indonesian island. These animals face many threats in the wild; one of them is over hunting for food.

Claire Mound, team leader for primates and small mammals said: ‘Mum and baby are doing fantastically well. Drusilla so far has been very attentive but fairly laid back in raising her baby.

‘It is starting to become apparent that the youngster has some of her mother’s stubborn traits in her and is also very curious just like her dad, Douglas.

‘It was very hard for the keepers to agree on a name for the new arrival! So we hope that a public vote will help us decide.’

The primates team have chosen five suitable names for the little girl and they are asking the public to help them pick the best! Voters also have a chance to win a family ticket to Marwell Zoo.

The names chosen by the keepers are:

Kendari – place in Sulawesi

Melati – national flower for Indonesia

Nirmala – means pure in Indonesian

Indah – means beautiful in Indonesian

Berbulu – means fluffy in Indonesian

To place your vote and find out more visit marwell.org.uk/macaque