photos of colobus monkeys , 2 sitting on tree limbs, 1 is full face photo

Louisville Zoo Welcomes Three New Colobus Monkeys (Media Release)

Contact:  Kyle Shepherd
(O) 502-238-5331 (C) 502-744-5639  

The Louisville Zoo is happy to announce three new additions! Three female colobus monkeys join the Zoo’s male colobus Sheldon at the colobus exhibit near the African Outpost. The three new females are still in their standard 30-day quarantine but will be visible to the public in the indoor space of Colobus Crossing.

The monkeys come to Louisville from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Zoo is excited for everyone to meet 8-year-old Nali (nah lee) and her daughters, 3-year-old Ate (ah tay) and 2-year-old Phyllis.

Guests can identify the trio by their size. The youngest and smallest, Phyllis, is curious. Ate is the most interactive with the public and can often be found at the window or edge looking at guests. Nali, their mother, is the largest right now and is an excellent parent displaying good maternal behaviors.

Once the 30-day quarantine is complete, the trio will be acclimated to the rest of their space and introductions to Sheldon will begin. Ultimately, the three will join male colobus Sheldon on exhibit together.


Black and white colobus are listed as least concern on the International Union Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. Colobus are native to Africa and are highly arboreal often leaping tree-to-tree. A troop is comprised of a dominant male and several females and their young.


The Zoo is open daily year-round. Spring / summer hours are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Visit for more info.

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The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. The Zoo is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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