Taipei Zoo welcomes new monkey arrivals

Taipei-The black howler and golden-headed lion tamarin, two primate species native to South America, have been brought to the Taipei Zoo for the very first time, the zoo said Friday.

The animals comprise two male golden-headed tamarins and three male black howlers.

As a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, the Taipei Zoo said the monkeys were brought from Singapore Zoo on Wednesday through the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).

Founded in 1985, the EEP places zoo animals so that there are as many unrelated pairs living together as possible, which maintains the genetic diversity of the species’ populations.

They are currently undergoing a month of quarantine, the zoo said, noting that the zoo will give the animals some time to adapt to their new home before being exhibited to the public.

The golden-headed tamarin is an endangered species native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil.

According to the Taipei Zoo, there are currently fewer than 150 golden-headed tamarins left in the wild, because their main habitat in the forest of Bahia, Brazil, has been significantly reduced due to farming, ranching, mining and urbanization.

The animal, endemic to Brazil, has a black body and a bright golden-orange mane around its face that give it a distinctive look. Its legs and tail also have this golden-orange coloring.

The black howler, meanwhile, is known for its vocalization, as its call can be heard up to 5 kilometers away. This species of monkey, also classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, can be found across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel