Mandrill dies Friday after living in Lansing Zoo since 1989

Published On: Jun 15 2012 02:24:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 15 2012 02:32:38 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. -

The Potter Park Zoo in Lansing said a 24-year-old mandrill named Abuuka, who has lived at the zoo since 1989, died Friday.

Zoo Director, Sherrie Graham told the the Lansing State Journal, that Abuuka "lived a long, prosperous life."

About six months ago, following a change in behavior, tests showed that the monkey's kidneys were failing.
Abuuka had four offspring, the last one born in November 2010.

Mandrills have distinct and identifiably colors of bright blue and red on their faces.

They are the largest of all monkeys and are closely related to the baboon family.

You may also like:

SLIDESHOW: Lions New Home At Detroit Zoo

IMAGES: Grizzlies find home at Detroit Zoo

READ: The Detroit Zoo plays matchmaker for wolverines

WATCH: Baby otters make their debut at the Detroit Zoo


The views expressed below are not those of Click On Detroit, WDIV, or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus