Exhibit construction is underway, and now we know who is coming. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan Coordinator has recommended De Brazza's monkeys Ruby and Kanoa to come to Pueblo.
Though born 1,000 miles apart, Ruby and Kanoa share an unlikely and dramatic link. In the mid 2000s, their fathers were both rescued from black market trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eventually, they found a safe home in two AZA zoos. It is uncommon for AZA zoos to get animals from the wild, but we’re glad their dire circumstances led to a happy ending. Just one generation removed from the wild, Ruby and Kanoa will soon meet in Pueblo as a breeding pair.
Ruby was born on December 31, 2013 at Houston Zoo. She was first known as Rupert because her keepers thought she was male. As an only child, she made an immediate connection with her dad. She has been known to mimic his protective behaviors, which is uncommon for a female. As she reaches sexual maturity, she will have the opportunity to create a family of her own here at the Pueblo Zoo.
Kanoa, whose name means “free one” in Hawaiian, currently lives at Denver Zoo (the picture above is actually baby Kanoa). Much like his name, his keepers have described him as independent. He will turn eight years old this November. Ruby and Kanoa are anxiously awaiting their new home, and you can help bring them here. We’re now 75% of the way there.
Your gift today can make a difference. Visit give.pueblozoo.org to check progress, start a fundraising team or make a one time donation.