Niabi Zoo’s baby monkey has been named

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Keeya the Colobus at Niabi Zoo

The Niabi Zoo’s baby monkey finally has a name and guests were able to help choose it.

Zoo Director Mark Heinzman announced Friday, May 16, 2014 that the name “Keeya” had been selected for the female black and white Colobus monkey born back in December 2013.

Three names were voted upon by zoo guests during the month of April. Zoo staff selected the final names and visitors voted for their favorite using pocket change. The name that collected the most money was the winner.

Heinzman said the name Keeya is an African name that means “resembling a flower.” The other two final names were Mapenzi, which means “one who is dearly loved” and Hazina, which means “one who is treasured.”