Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Animal Adventure: Getting to know the Schmidt spot-nosed guenons at Greenville Zoo

Posted 10/11/2012 9:53:00 AM

This past spring, the Greenville Zoo added a pair of Schmidt's spot-nosed guenons to their brood. Stewie, a four-year-old male, from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and Zoe, a 15-year-old female from Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, are now settled into their digs in the primate exhibit and have become quite the pair, so much so that the zoo is hoping for little Schmidts in the future.

Stewie and Zoe are rare forest monkeys that can be found in only 10 zoos in North America. The medium-sized monkeys have really long tails, and the coolest thing about these monkeys is that they have cheek pouches like a chipmunk. They can stuff them full with fruits, seeds and leaves while they forage around. Their cheeks can hold almost as much as their tummies. When they are not stuffing their little faces with goodies, they are quite the lively little critters.

When I visited, they were spending most of their time preening each other and swinging around their exhibit, but Stewie did take a minute to come up to the front of the habitat and say hi, showing us his super sharp teeth in a giant yawn.

The monkeys are a series of additions and changes planned for the 14 acre zoo in the coming years. We are still waiting on a baby giraffe, who should be arriving soon. Stay tuned for the announcement. Until then, make plans to visit the Greenville Zoo and say hi to the Schmidts and the other 375 animals who call the popular upstate zoo home. The zoo, at 150 Cleveland Park Drive, is open seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Hours of admission are from 10 a.m to 4:15 p.m. The gates close at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.