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How are George Michael and Jimi (Hendrix) new residents on the South Coast?

George Michael and Jimi, two Goeldi Monkeys, have arrived at Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
George Michael and Jimi, two Goeldi Monkeys, have arrived at Santa Barbara Zoo

Clue: They are the names of two Goeldi Monkeys at Santa Barbara Zoo

It’s been six years since singer George Michael passed away on Christmas Day…but his name is being used for a very special new resident on the South Coast.

George Michael and Jimi – named after Jimi Hendrix – are two Goeldi Monkeys who just arrived at Santa Barbara Zoo.

"They're pint-sized packages of personality," Kristen Wieners, the Zoological Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, told KCLU.

"Their hair definitely matches their rock-star vibe," she added. "They have the best head of hair of any animal I've pretty much seen."

George, 3, and Jimi, 2, are brothers and have joined the zoo's White-face Saki monkeys in their habitat.

In the wild, they can be found in areas of the Amazon rainforest across southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and Peru, western Brazil and northern Bolivia. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Goeldi's monkeys as 'vulnerable'.

By the way, George Michael’s sixth solo Billboard number one hit was a song called Monkey, back in 1988.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.