Primate premiere for DZG

Two coppery titi monkeys are settling into their new home at DZG after translocating from a collection in Sweden as part of an international conservation programme.

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And it’s the first time DZG has held the species in our 78-year history.

Dad Ross, aged 27, and six-year-old son Frank, pictured with Lower Primates Section Leader Nicola Wright, transferred from Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm.

DZG Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, said their arrival was an exciting time.

He said: “This is the first time we’ve had titis at DZG and I’m pleased to say they are settling in well.”

He added that Ross and Frank had spent a couple of weeks getting used to their off-show den in Monkey Tails before joining the sakis in the walkthrough exhibit last Thursday.

Coppery – or red– titis get their name from the red coloured fur running along the cheeks, chest and belly.

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The South American primates are diurnal – active by day – and arboreal, spending  their day in the trees. Much of this time is spent feeding on a range of fruits, leaves, bamboo shoots, insects and other small animals.

The sub-species is threatened by deforestation and hunting for bush meat and the pet trade.