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Jungle Island has new baby monkey — and you can help name him

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Jungle Island announced the addition of a baby white-faced capuchin monkey to the park on Monday.

The small, wide-eyed monkey was born on May 17 and is the offspring of two of the park’s capuchin monkeys, Fabiana and Mogli. The monkey, a boy who does not have a name yet, is under 24-hour care by a team of Jungle Island animal specialists. For now, visitors can only see him on behind-the-scenes VIP tours at the park, located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami.

“He’s full of energy, quite rambunctious, keeping us all on our toes…and we wouldn’t have it any other way,” Dr. Jason Chatfield, vice president of zoological operations for Jungle Island, said in a press release.

Capuchin monkeys are native to Central and South America and can live up to 50 years. They are omnivores and their diet consists mostly of fruit, leaves, seeds, berries, insects, birds, small mammals and eggs. When fully grown, most capuchin monkeys normally weigh less than 10 pounds and grow to be less than 2 feet long.

“Capuchin monkeys are highly intelligent and inquisitive creatures,” Chatfield said. “We’re certain he’ll fit right in at Jungle Island and will delight countless families and park visitors.”

Jungle Island is also asking for the public’s input for naming the almost 2-month-old primate.

Until Monday, the public can go to the photo of the monkey on Jungle Island’s Facebook page, tag a friend and leave a suggested name in a comment. The monkey’s name will be announced later in the month. The person who suggested the winning name will get to meet Jungle Island’s newest addition and also receives two 2016 Jungle Passes — which includes unlimited park admission until the end of the year — free private beach access and a one-day pass to the park’s water playground called Rainforest Riptide (normally $15).

The first name suggested? Calojo.

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