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.
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.
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.