Zoo Renames "Obama" Monkey • Apology Might Secure Journalists' Release

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Responding to criticism from the Initiative for Black Germans, the Dresden Zoo has changed the name of one of its baby mandrills from "Obama" to "Okeke" — unfortunately, also a common African surname. •


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I dunno: I definitely understand the Obama monkey issue but not so much with Okeke if the monkey is an African species. We give tigers from India Indian names and Siberian tigers Russian names. Clearly it is not the intention of the zoo to pay tribute to a racist stereotype, but rather to keep in line with the way they name animals.