Mandrills Return to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo once again has Mandrills on exhibit.

The mandrills, which are the world's largest species of monkey, are housed in the zoo's Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building. There are two males and two females. The males - Dwezill and Woody - came to Cleveland from Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the two females - Zenani and Eebi - came from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

The Cleveland zoo has exhibited mandrills beginning in the 1950s, but hasn't had any since 1992.

Native to the western African nations of Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabo, mandrills are the largest species of monkey and are closely related to baboons and drills. Mature adult male mandrills feature one of the most brightly colored faces in the animal world, with a long muzzle with red and blue stripes, red nose and lips, and a yellowish beard.