This article was published June 27, 2017. Since then, 2 more births occurred at the zoo, bringing the total to at least 8.
CA: ‘Record-breaking’ birth at Memphis Zoo
The baby boom continues for the Memphis Zoo.
On Monday, officials announced the birth of a Francois langur monkey by his 22-year-old mother —the oldest langur to give birth under the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
The Memphis Zoo has had Francois langurs in its collection since 2002. This is the third langur birth in the last three years.
“Ripley,” a male Francois langur, was born to dad “Jay Jay,” and mom “Tanah,” back in April. Ripley’s birth will be the exhibit’s sixth addition to the family, joining siblings “Rook,” “Raven,” and “Jean Grey.”
The announcement of Ripley’s arrival follows the recent string of births at the zoo. An orangutan, sloth, giraffe, hippopotamus, and antelope have all been born this year.
Laura Doty, marketing and communications manager at the Memphis Zoo, says Ripley’s name has a special origin.
“His name was given to him because of Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” she said. “His mom is actually the oldest langur to give birth.”
Doty said that Ripley’s large family is not a rare occurrence.