APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - Light another candle for Nikko, as the Minnesota Zoo's oldest snow monkey celebrates a milestone.
Born in September of 1983, Nikko is believed the oldest living male snow monkey in North America.
"Nikko arrived at the Minnesota Zoo in 2001; since that time, he's been a great animal to have in the troop," Said Minnesota Zoo Tropics Trail Supervisor Tom Ness. "As one of the dominant males, he has always been laid back, helping to maintain peace within in the troop which is not typical of male macaques. We believe that his personality has helped him survive almost twice as long as a typical male."
Species longevity in the international studbook is age 34 for males, 39 for females.
Just three other living snow monkeys in the world (recorded in the international studbook) are older than him: two in Czechoslovakia (age 32) and one in Roma (age 31).
Of all males overall (living and deceased) there have been only seven older than Nikko.
There are currently 298 living males (globally) and 1363 total males in the international studbook. It's estimated that Nikko has lived longer than 99.5% of other known male snow monkeys.
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