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09.02.17

Blue faces in the green Jungle Pavilion

Hellabrunn zoo is now home to three moustached monkeys. In Europe, the blue-faced primates can only be seen in zoos in Munich and Gelsenkirchen in Germany and Beauval in France.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to present our visitors with three moustached monkeys, an extremely interesting primate species," says zoo director Rasem Baban. "Hellabrunn is one of only three zoos in Europe that cares for these unique primates."

The zoo also manages the European studbook for the moustached monkey. "Since these monkeys are not currently endangered in their natural habitat, we have decided to provide a home for a male bachelor group," explains curator Carsten Zehrer. "This corresponds to life in the wild where moustached monkey males live together in small bachelor groups," says Carsten Zehrer. Maintaining same-sex groups plays an important role in managing the studbook.

The species, which originates from the tropical rainforests of central Africa, can be distinguished not only by their characteristic blue face, but also their long, reddish tail. Their name, moustached monkey, is derived from the bright white mark below the nose, which resembles a moustache. The three males, now living next to the chimpanzees in the Jungle Pavilion, arrived at Hellabrunn from Montpellier in France. Here they will live together with the rock hyraxes, also from Africa.