South American primates sail in from France!
Published: 12th Jun 2014Newquay zoo is delighted to welcome two new monkeys to their primate collection. Three zoo keepers made an epic journey to France (during which the Zoo van broke down just ouside Paris!)…
Newquay zoo is delighted to welcome two new monkeys to their primate collection. Three zoo keepers made an epic journey to France (during which the Zoo van broke down just ouside Paris!) to collect the White Throated Capuchins (Cebus capucinus) from their parent zoo, La Vallee des Singes, Romagne, around a week ago and Irazu (7) and Zaito (5) are settling in well.
Originally from South America, Cebus capucinus range from Honduras in the north, through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama and through the Chocó-Darién into Colombia. Head Keeper, Owen Taylor said,
‘As one of the few species to exhibit tool use, and thought to be one of the most intelligent primates, we are looking forward to the challenge of caring for them, and are hoping that Irazu and Zaito will breed here at Newquay zoo’.
Although classed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), these clever little monkeys still face threats such as deforestation and habitat fragmentation. They have a varied diet including various wild fruits and numerous different protein items like invertebrates and birds’ eggs.
Visitors will be able to see the monkeys in their new home on ‘monkey walk’.