The Columbus Zoo named its newest 'mischievous' vervet monkey baby after 'Vanderpump Rules' star Jax Taylor

The Columbus Zoo named a baby vervet monkey after Vanderpump Rules‘s Jax Taylor. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jax Taylor is known among the Vanderpump Rules cast for getting himself into a bit of trouble. Now, he’s involved in some real monkey business, thanks to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

In a post on its social media feeds, the Powell, Ohio-based zoo announced its latest addition to the vervet monkey family, who is hilariously named after the 38-year-old reality star. It’s safe to assume that Jax the monkey, who is only 10 weeks old, hasn’t caused half the drama that the Sur employee has — at least not yet. However, the team that named the baby monkey is quick to admit that he has a personality that certainly fits his name.

“There is a group of animal care staff in the Heart of Africa region who are big fans of the show,” a spokesperson from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “For the past few years, they have talked about new episodes, past drama, etc. They commented that the vervet group’s dynamics can be just as interesting as the ones in the show, which inspired the naming of Jax Taylor.”

Vervet monkeys are native to Africa, and the zoo says that staff members are able to point out which among their monkey contingent are best friends, and they often witness the monkeys instigating drama with one another — eerily reminiscent of the reality show’s plot line. The monkeys are also known to have “mischievous personalities.” Coincidentally, Jax the monkey’s mom’s name is Sassie, which sounds quite similar to the real Jax Taylor’s ex-girlfriend’s name, Stassi.

Taylor took to his own Twitter to express his excitement over his new unlikely name twin, later adding, “let me know if that little guy needs anything.”


According to the zoo, Taylor isn’t the only person this excited over the adorable monkey. They’ve even had old members interested in renewing their membership to the zoo as a result of this addition.

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