Johor Zoo gets two squirrel monkeys

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JOHOR BARU: Johor Zoo has welcomed a family of five marmosets and a pair of squirrel monkeys in time for Chinese New Year to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

The two furry monkey species were its latest editions and the zoo had been busy making special arrangements for their enclosures since November last year, said zoo manager Zakaria Razali.

"We just completed the renovation works at the monkey enclosure, where we followed guidelines set by the authorities to make the cages bigger for the animals.

"Besides that, we planted trees and man-made waterfalls inside enclosures to make it more comfortable for them, and mimic their natural habitat," he said.

He added that both animals were from the South and Central America region.

Marmoset are the world's smallest monkeys and can grow up to only 20cm long. They are quite social animals and usually live in groups.

"We hope that with the new arrival, it will bring us good fortune and Johor Zoo will be able to attract more visitors, especially in conjunction with the Year of the Monkey," he said, adding that the two animals were fed with fresh fruits, small insects and yoghurt as part of its diet.

Zakaria pointed out that the zoo now had various monkey species, including the Bonet monkey, Mandril Baboon and Capuchin monkey.

Built in 1928, Johor Zoo is one of the oldest in the country. The price for a ticket for adults is RM2 (S$0.60) and for children aged 12 and below is RM1.