Name the baby monkey, win a prize

Name the baby Patas--but do it by Sunday afternoon!

Syracuse's Zoo is looking for name suggestions, for its baby Patas monkey, born in August. Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley says they don't know the sex of the baby, so you can suggest two names--one for either. Suggestions should be sent to and must be received by 4:00 p.m. on September 25. Entrants must include their name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address, name suggestions and reason for their choices.

*The contest is open to those 5 and older. *Patas monkeys found from the rainforest of Western Africa through the savannahs of Kenya; name suggestions with a native influence are strongly encouraged.*A committee at the zoo will select the top names (minimum five) of those suggested.*The top names will be posted on the zoo TMs website ( from September 28 through October 3. The winning name will be announced at the zoo on October 5.*The winner will receive a Patas Monkey Adopt an Animal package valued at $100.

In our Weekend Today in CNY interview, Commissioner Lansley also had a preview of fall in the parks:Walks around Beaver Lake continue (guided programs at 2pm on weekends) with an emphasis on fall-themed sights.Irish Road Bowling is coming up October 30th at Onondaga Lake Park----team entries are being taken now (the 'ball' is a cannon ball, which you get with registration. There's also a ball decorating contest!)The Onondaga County Parks website has more information on all the fall events.