Monkey business at the zoo


The golden lion tamarins. Pictures: Matt Jelonek        d448611
Brown-nosed coati.
Monkey business at the zoo
The golden lion tamarins. Pictures: Matt Jelonek        d448611 Brown-nosed coati.

The newly refurbished area houses six inquisitive brown-nosed coatis, a breeding pair of golden lion tamarins and two cheeky Bolivian squirrel monkeys.

Perth Zoo supervisor of zoology Holly Thompson said the revamped precinct gave visitors the opportunity to get up close and learn more about the species from that area.

“The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and home to some remarkable wildlife,” she said.

“It’s been a busy start to the year moving the animals in; so far they’re all enjoying climbing through the trees.”

The six male coatis arrived at the zoo from Melbourne Zoo last year and were hidden behind the scenes until renovations were completed.

“The boys provide endless enjoyment, they’re very mischievous and intelligent, and we were even able to train them to into transport boxes for the move, which made it a stress-free experience,” Ms Thompson said.

Perth Zoo’s resident bachelor Bolivian squirrel monkeys Marvin and Kyle also call the Amazonia precinct home.

“You will probably hear Marvin and Kyle before seeing them as they chirp and cluck in search of insects,” Ms Thompson said.

Joining the boys in the precinct are two golden lion tamarins from Melbourne Zoo, eight-year-old male Ovo and six-year-old female Lyra.

“We definitely hope Ovo and Lyra produce babies and contribute to the global population; it’s all about providing a safety-net against extinction,” she said.

Perth Zoo is committed to the conservation of animals from South America. This includes being involved in breeding programs and educating visitors about the illegal trade in wildlife, which has affected animals like the Bolivian squirrel monkey.