Mysore zoo gets eight capuchin monkeys, including four females
New guests have arrived at the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens from the Czech Republic. Eight capuchin monkeys were gifted to the zoo here by the Zoo Zlín in the Czech Republic, half of whom were caught from the wild and the rest captive. They are native to southern Central America, found from Costa Rica to Paraguay and Trinidad.
Executive Director of the Mysore zoo B.P. Ravi said in a statement here on Saturday that the monkeys, including four females, were brought from Prague via Dubai and Chennai.
A team, led by H.S. Prayag, had gone to Chennai to receive the monkeys, who were later brought here by road. The Cebus Appella (zoological name) would be accommodated here in a bird enclosure and shifted to a new enclosure later to facilitate breeding.
Mr. Ravi stated that the age of the monkeys ranged from one year to 16 years. Capuchin monkeys were diurnal and arboreal and were said to be very intelligent.
They were so called as their hair is akin to the cowl or capuche worn by Franciscan monks. They possessed a slender body with thin limbs, and their hands were similar to those of humans, with opposable thumbs, he said the release.
The monkeys are being fed fruits, eggs, insects, nuts and vegetables. They can be seen by the public from 11 a.m. on March 19.