World Monkey Day 2021 – Welcoming our New Group of Barbary Macaques

At the start of December we finally welcomed our second group of Barbary Macaques! It has been a long anticipated arrival with Brexit and the pandemic nearly putting a stop to our plans.

The group consists of seven Barbary Macaques: five females and two males. They all have different personalities and their dedicated ranger team are enjoying learning about them! Wahid is the alpha male of the group, he is very playful with the macaque babies and his favourite female is Goldie, who is the alpha female of the group. Goldie has a good relationship with all the other macaques and solves most conflicts that occur.

Very much like our other Barbary Macaques, Adao and Ndidi, this group have all been rescued from the pet trade or zoos that had to shut down. They are younger though, and therefore more active so should be a joy to watch.

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Did you know?

  • Male Barbary Macaques are real family men. They are actively involved in raising young and sometimes will solve a mutual conflict by grooming a young macaque together.
  • They have cheek pouches to store food in.
  • They have a very small tail compared to other primates, it is hidden in their fur and not visible. A very small tail is useful as their habitats are typically very cold and a long tail may freeze off.

On World Monkey Day we look back at our biggest expansion to date which enabled us to welcome monkeys to our collection for the first time!

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