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Escaped Memphis Zoo monkey to return to exhibit

Zimm (Source: Memphis Zoo) Zimm (Source: Memphis Zoo)
Zimm and the other macaque monkeys. (Source: Memphis Zoo) Zimm and the other macaque monkeys. (Source: Memphis Zoo)

The monkey who escaped from the Memphis Zoo in 2015 will return to exhibit.

Memphis Zoo announced major changes to exhibits in Primate Canyon and CHINA.

In July 2015, Zimm escaped from her enclosure in Primate Canyon. She scaled the wall and jumped over the safety measures designed to keep Zimm safe and inside her enclosure. A visitor to the zoo shared the moments before she went over the wall in 2015 and another visitor shared video footage of Zimm on the run.

Zimm evaded zookeepers for three days. She was eventually located in a zoo drainage system and brought back under zoo care. 

Since then, she's been working with zookeepers behind-the-scenes.

"Nothing makes us happier than to see her with an appropriate social group," Courtney Janney said. "Zimm always knew she was a star. That just let everyone else get on the same boat basically."

Now Zimm and her fellow macaque monkeys will move from Primate Canyon to CHINA. Their new enclosure will be located next to Giant Pandas Le-Le and Ya-Ya.

“Our priority is ensuring that Zimm is happy and healthy,” said Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs for the Memphis Zoo. “She’s really bonding with her new family, and we couldn’t be happier to have them here with us. Sulawesi macaques are on the critically endangered list, and we hope the species’ increased presence here in Memphis will help build awareness of their plight in the wild.”

The macaques are located where the gibbons and otters used to be on display. They have been moved into Primate Canyon into the former siamang exhibit. The two siamangs are now living with the Sumatran orangutans in their mixed-species enclosure.

“It was challenging to figure out new arrangements for our primates, but our excellent team of animal care staff did a remarkable job with the new configuration,” Thompson said. “The transition was seamless for our primates. It’s exciting when we get to make these types of changes – it makes for a whole new experience at the Zoo!”

To ensure no more macaques escape, zoo officials put hot wires in the exhibit.

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