'Guenons' is the name given by zoologists for a group of mostly forest dwelling African monkeys. In years gone by many of these beautiful primates were kept in zoos, but nowadays this range has dwindled and most species have disappeared. These monkeys show a huge range of facial markings which help with communication in the trees.
One of the smallest of this family is the Lesser Spot-nosed Guenon from western Africa. Our new trio arrived earlier in the summer from the Metro Richmond Zoo in America, where the species is bred regularly from a number of blood-lines. These monkeys are very inquisitive and are quickly getting used to their new home, after being moved into the main part of the Zoo at the weekend. They are the only ones of their kind in the UK.