Two new primate species from different parts of the world have arrived at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster.
The striking black and white Roloway monkey is native to Ghana in West Africa and the brightly coloured and vocal Venezuelan Red Howler monkey from South America.
The Roloway monkey is one of the most endangered primates in the world. Six years old male Rafiki, and four-year-old female, Kayla, have come from different zoos in Europe to form a new breeding pair. Rarely seen, they are part of the primate group known as Guenons, and are the only Roloway monkeys in the UK.
“Kayla is still young, but both of these monkeys are very confident and inquisitive. They are into everything – really quite nosey!” explains Greg Clifton, team leader for Primates. “They love a challenge so enjoy using the puzzle feeders, but that could also be because they are quite greedy. They have pouches where they hide their food for later – especially their favourite bits!”
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of only six zoos in Europe to hold Red Howler monkeys, with three new arrivals the only ones in England. Male Geronimo arrived with older female Namid from Cologne in Germany and were joined by young female Tila who came from Apenheul in the Netherlands.
In the wild Red Howler monkeys live in the tree canopy and are one of the larger South American primates. Their name comes from the guttural roar they produce using a special adaption in their throat. It can be heard up to 3 miles away and marks their territory. In contrast to the Roloway monkey, the Red Howler monkey has a slower pace. This is due to their diet which mainly consists of leaves, which are low in energy and nutrition, which means they sleep a lot.
The Roloway monkeys and Red Howler monkeys join the smaller White-Faced Saki monkey family, who arrived at the end of last year.
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