Online Staff Report
BELVIDERE, Ill. — Belvidere’s Summerfield Zoo has announced the arrival of a new male Vervet monkey, named Duke.
The purchase of this monkey was made possible through the generosity of one main donor, along with the contribution of other small donations.
This monkey is more than just the addition of another animal to the zoo’s collection. Duke will be the companion to the female Vervet monkey, Lilly, that resides at Summerfield Zoo.
A year ago, Lilly’s companion, Peanut, passed away from old age. Both Peanut and Lilly were monkeys rescued by Summerfield Zoo; one from Rockford and one from Indiana.
After Peanut passed away, Lilly struggled with depression. The staff at Summerfield Zoo worked with enrichment programs to keep her from becoming too depressed, even giving her a plush monkey to hold. During this time, the search was on for a companion, which ended in acquiring a young male Vervet monkey from another zoo.
“The staff and friends of Summerfield Zoo are grateful for this generous donation that has enriched our current monkey’s life immeasurably,” said Rick Anderson, member of the board of directors at Summerfield Zoo.
Summerfield Zoo opens for the 2013 season April 27-28. As a small zoo, visitors can get up close and meet many of the animals at the zoo.
For more about Summerfield Zoo and the exotic animals, visit www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com or call (815) 547-4852. The zoo is at 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere, Ill.
Posted April 24, 2013