North America’s Oldest Male Snow Monkey Turns ‘30’ at Minnesota Zoo

October 16, 2017 03:22 PM

Nikko, the oldest male snow monkey in North America, celebrated his 30th birthday Wednesday at the Minnesota Zoo.

His birthday is a milestone for his species. According to international records, Nikko, who was born in September 1983, has lived longer than 99.5 percent of all known male snow monkeys.

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Nikko arrived at the Minnesota Zoo in 2001, and since then, Tom Ness, Minnesota and Tropics Trail Supervisor, said the monkey’s laid-back demeanor has been all around beneficial.

“As one of the dominant males, he has always been laid back, helping to maintain peace within the troop, which is not typical of male macaques,” Ness said. “We believe that his personality has helped him survive almost twice as long as a typical male.”

In the world, three other male snow monkeys are older than Nikko: two in Czechoslovakia (age 32) and one in Roma (age 31). Records show that only seven male snow monkeys, living or dead, have been older than Nikko.

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