Saturday, July 11, 2009

small primates

there are nine other small primate species that live around the primate center with the patas monkeys. other than enjoying watching them, i don't know alot of bio bits on too many of them. some time in the future i will find out and update this section. ... across from the patas monkeys, live the colobus monkeys. i've heard there was a birth a few months ago, but becuz of the enclosure position, i have never seen the baby. ... the patas indoor neighbors are the pied tamarins. ... next to them are the emperor tamarins. both familys have new babies. you might see the babies riding on the mamas backs! ... outside neighbors to the patas are the mandrills. since the passing last year of the male (jaho) there have only been females living there. one of the oldest females (pearl) also passed recently. there is currently a new male in quarantine, so he should be making his debut to the group sometime within a month. ... across from the mandrills in the two story primate enclosures are the lion tailed macaque monkey. ... their neighbor to the right is the siamang monkey. ... their neighbor to the right is the black howler monkey family. there are four living here, papa bosco, mama diamond, daughter lupe and baby girl baya (whose name has since been changed to linecum). ... neighbor to the right is the francois langur monkeys. there is a mixture of males and females, different ages including the new baby and a few juveniles (think teens) who you can tell by not only their size but the level of activeness. .. across from the francios langur's is the aye aye forest where who else, the aye aye's live. this exhibit recently reopened, though note for now on limited hours. this exhibit used to also house a bush baby back in my day, but in recent times had been closed off to encourage breeding. it was very successful as the sfzoo had the first baby aye aye in captivity in north america! baby is about a year old now. ... behind the primate center is the lemur forest where yes, the lemurs live. there are at least four different types of lemurs (black, ring tailed, red ruffs, and black and white ruffs) living in this huge space, but they often don't get along as i am told in the wild the different types don't usually live together. so, you might experience two things. you might hear very loud noises of them arguing, which most think are the monkeys. you may see one group in what i call the time out area, on the opposite side of the forest. note that while lemurs are primates they aren't monkeys. primates are three groups, monkeys, apes and prosimians (lemur category). ... something else i have recently learned that it seems like alot of people around me don't/didn't know either is that monkey's have tails, apes don't. so not only are the gorilla's apes, so are chimpanzee's! ... photos are pretty tough of the small primates because they tend to stay in the upper areas of the exhibits, which are enclosed by fencing. here's one of bosco and a couple of the lemurs.

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