Minnesota Zoo prepares birthday party for snow monkey, 31, believed oldest in North America

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 1, 2014 - 5:39 PM
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Nikko is the oldest snow monkey in North America, opened a present marking his 29th birthday in 2012.

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — The Minnesota Zoo is preparing a birthday party for Nikko, a 31-year-old snow monkey that's believed to be the oldest in North America.

Zoo officials will give him birthday presents, or "enrichment items," on Tuesday morning.

Nikko was born in September 1983 and has been at the Minnesota Zoo since 2001.

Zoo spokesman Tom Ness says Nikko has always been "laid back" and helps maintain peace within the troop. Ness speculates that Nikko's gentle personality has helped him survive almost twice as long as a typical male.

Nikko is believed to be the third-oldest snow monkey in the world. The oldest two are both 34 and live in the Czech Republic.

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