Goeldi's monkeys arrive at Newquay Zoo
Published: May 12, 2017This is the first time we have housed Goeldi’s monkeys here at Newquay Zoo, their keeper Dave tells us about them...
Goeldi’s monkeys were one of the last ever species of monkey to be discovered by western explorer Emil August Goeldi – which gives these little guys the name Goeldi’s monkeys.
Although they seem to look similar to Tamarin’s Goeldi’s monkeys are very different. They are small, fast, vocal creatures native to the upper Amazon Basin regions of Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. The two monkeys have arrived from ZooParc De Beauval in France and are settling in well.
This is the first time we have housed Goeldi’s monkeys here at Newquay Zoo so we are really excited to have them. This highly active and vocal species are to be part of a mixed exhibit and will hopefully go on to breed here in the near future. This is the first time we have housed Goeldi’s monkeys and is the first stage towards creating a wider awareness of threatened primates in the wild.
The energetic duo can be seen on their own island next to the tapirs and capybara. You will be able to spot them resting on a branch surveying the area, grooming, relaxing or foraging for food. You may even hear them communicating to each other with a bird-like sound!
Classed as Vulnerable due to habitat destruction, logging and farming their numbers are declining in the wild. Our two are due to be part of a European captive breeding programme to help increase awareness and numbers of the species.
As primate keeper, this is something I plan to develop to increase awareness of primate conservation in the wild, by bringing in new species to the park, to both educate the public, and support captive breeding programmes across the world.