Meet female, Bela, and male, Kayapo – a breeding pair of saki monkeys that have recently joined the zoo family.
Both two years old, Bela joined us from Whipsnade Zoo in April whilst Kayapo only arrived over the weekend from Drayton Manor. Both are getting on swimmingly already and have been spotted playing with their enrichment toys and sharing some tasty snacks in their new home at the Jungle Journeys exhibit. This certainly makes for some very happy zookeepers!
These striking primates have very different looks. Males have a very noticeable round, white face with a moustache – whilst the rest of their fur is almost black. Females on the other hand, sport a bit of a ’60’s inspired’ hair-do, and are a dark brown/grey colour.
This species originate from South America and a mating pair tend to stay together forever – so here’s hoping for a ‘happy ever after’ for these popular primates!