Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Monkey house needed for baboons

Eight monkeys rescued from a Portuguese zoo which closed 12 years ago, have secured a place in a primate sanctuary in the Swansea valley.

The Olive Baboons and Green Monkey have been kept in a temporary enclosure in Portugal since the zoo closed.

But the conditions are not ideal for the primates and exotic animal specialist Peter Heathcote from Newport is working to bring them to the UK.

He is trying to raise money for a new enclosure to be built for the monkeys.

"The sooner we can get the money, the sooner we can build the enclosure and get them into much better conditions," he explained.

He said that the primates are currently in an enclosure which is cramped and does not offer them enough stimulation.

Story here.

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