Mandrill dies Friday after living in Lansing Zoo since 1989

Zoo Director: Abuuka the mandrill 'lived a long, prosperous life'

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LANSING, Mich. - The Potter Park Zoo in Lansing said a 24-year-old mandrill named Abuuka, who has lived at the zoo since 1989, died Friday.

Zoo Director, Sherrie Graham told the the Lansing State Journal, that Abuuka "lived a long, prosperous life."

About six months ago, following a change in behavior, tests showed that the monkey's kidneys were failing.
Abuuka had four offspring, the last one born in November 2010.

Mandrills have distinct and identifiably colors of bright blue and red on their faces.

They are the largest of all monkeys and are closely related to the baboon family.

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