Our primates are mostly all classed as Monkeys, except our Siamangs who are classed as Apes! We have both Old World Monkeys and New World Monkeys!
Hamadryas Baboon – Our original breeding male came from Rockhampton Zoo and had lived all his life with another male so he had no idea what a girl was until moving here when he was 14 years old. We imported two females from Warsaw Zoo in Poland but it took three years before he behaved himself enough to be left alone with them all the time. You would never know it now as he has become a wonderful Dad and our troop has grown enormously. As such new accommodation is being built (May 2022).
SOUTH-EAST ASIAN PRIMATES
Siamang – our Siamangs arrived in 2017. They are the largest Gibbon and make very loud calls throughout the day. Our male is Irian, his mate is Suli and their son Zane lived here with them until February 2022 when he left to start his own family at Wildlife HQ.
Rhesus Macaque – the most important monkey in human history! This species has helped our medical knowledge and even went to space before us. We can thank them for helping mankind discover cures for diseases like polio and even covid.
SOUTH AMERICAN MONKEYS
Common Marmosets – one of the cutest little monkeys. They look a little like Gremlins😊
Pygmy Marmosets – the smallest monkey in the world! They could sit in your hand if they didn’t move so much.
Emperor Tamarins – name after a German Emperor because of his bushy moustache. They look like wise old men but have a very cheeky nature!
Cotton-Top Tamarins – named for their hair do, these monkeys have a very high pitch voice.
Red-handed Tamarins – these mostly black monkeys have orangey-red hands and wrists, quite remarkable colouring and have been seen to jump 18 metres from tree to ground without injury, wow!
Golden Lion Tamarin – a truly golden animal but their colour meant they have been hunted to near extinction, plus with the habitat loss they are in big trouble. We have a very old male who has come here for his retirement.
Tufted Capuchin – considered the most intelligent of the New World Monkeys. These and other Capuchins are often used in movies and TV shows. Our group are 5 boys that are not needed for the breeding program. They can be very entertaining!