Misha, a 12-week-old European brown bear  shown wrestling with Buddy DeYoung, is another new addition to the DeYoung Zoo. (EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard)
Misha, a 12-week-old European brown bear shown wrestling with Buddy DeYoung, is another new addition to the DeYoung Zoo. (EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard)
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WALLACE - Visitors this year to the DeYoung Family Zoo may just go ape over some of the animals.

"We're focusing on primates this year," said Carrie Kramer, who along with Bud DeYoung owns the zoo northwest of Menominee. "We're starting to add a lot of primates to the zoo.

"We will be doing a fundraiser all summer long so we can build a primate house in the fall."

DeYoung estimates the cost of the primate house to be $50,000.

"We'll build it as the money comes in," he said.

The zoo has added two olive baboons less than a year old, Kramer said, a baby capuchin monkey also is an addition to the zoo's census.

"A capuchin monkey is one of those organ-grinder monkeys," she explained. "They've become very popular over the last year because of the movie 'Night at the Museum.'"

A black Colombian spider monkey may also be viewed at the zoo, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Two litters of wolf puppies were born within the past week, Kramer said, and the zoo also celebrated the birth of its first coatimundi.

"They're from Central and South America, and they're like their version of our raccoon," she said. "They have a longer snout and they look like an anteater."

The zoo expects today to herald the arrival of a 7-month-old binturong directly from the Philippines.

"Our male (binturong) will be turning 5 this year, and we've been looking for a female for a long time," said Kramer. "We're very excited about that."

A binturong is nocturnal and sleeps on branches. It eats primarily fruit, but also has been known to eat shoots and leaves and small animals such as rodents or birds.

A brown bear cub named Misha, which was frolicking near the offices earlier this week, also has made its home at the zoo.

"Our goal is to keep growing," Kramer said.

"Every year, Carrie and I are building new exhibits," said DeYoung. "It was the big white tiger exhibit last year, plus we also built a lynx habitat."

The zoo changes its emphasis periodically so that area residents and visitors from far away can see a variety of animals they normally would not, said Kramer.

"We were worried last year about the rising fuel costs," said DeYoung, "but we had our best year.

People instead opted to visit local attractions rather than embark on long trips, he noted.

"It was interesting because we had people say they live 15 minutes away but had never been here," said Kramer.

A hyena habitat is planned for this year, DeYoung added.

"The hyenas were a big addition. We're one of the few zoos in the country that has both spotted and striped hyenas," said Kramer. "We have four spotted and two striped."

Educational shows about bears and canines throughout the day are just some of the shows that will be part of a trip to the zoo.

"Something will be scheduled for every hour," Kramer said.

More in-depth information will be part of the added shows, said Kramer.

"We're going to have more shorter shows rather than one big show," DeYoung said.

Kurt Steidl can be contacted at 715-735-7500, ext. 158, or at ksteidl@eagleherald.com.