meet jesse, the new male mandrill! he's been out of quarantine for three days now and making himself right at home. he didn't seem to be much interested in the ladies. i mostly saw him eating, pulling up grass and grabbing on tree branches. in fact he looked up and was like "eh, don't bother me while i'm eating!" i was lucky to get these pix as i find it hard to get good ones of them (and most of the small primates). that's why i don't have many to post and (worse) have never been able to ID the females and tell them apart. i don't see their faces enough to distinguish between them, but its something that i want to know. hopefully soon! ... the male mandrill is one of the most gorgeously colored creatures in nature. this guy is cute and i love his little mohawk! ... jesse is 11 years old and came to sfzoo from rolling hills wildlife adventure in kansas. ... i think it will be good for the family to have a new member after the losses of jaho and pearl. ... (add) since jesse's arrival, i have been watching the mandrills more and more. the dynamic is really interesting as i have found out that in his previous home he lived in a bachelor group, so coming here to live with a group of females, seems to be a curious thing for him. he is on recommendation to breed with cleo, who from what i've witnessed is the least interested in him. lulu and tatu seem to be the ones who buzz about him most. i saw him chase lulu and it reminded me of kindergarten kids who don't know how to admit they like each other. he still seems to like eating best, and was eyeing my corndog! i felt bad and turned when i took a bite.