An “absolute gentleman” of a spider monkey has been let unfastened amongst 4 girls at Christchurch’s Orana Park.
Tostada, a 23-year-old, Eight-kilogram spider monkey, has come down from Hamilton Zoo as a part of a breeding programme for the endangered species, which is native to central and northern South America.
He gave the impression to be settling in properly with the females Maya (27), Merida (29), Juquilla (21) and Belize (30), with hopes there could possibly be little child monkeys swinging from the ropes inside a 12 months.
Unique species supervisor Rachael Mason mentioned the women had accepted him instantly.
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“All the pieces’s wanting promising with all of the personal romantic interludes.”
She mentioned Tostada, who arrived final week, was an “absolute gentleman”.
Mason mentioned the spider monkeys have been distinctive, cheeky, interactive and really simple going however all the time getting as much as mischief.
It was hoped Tostada would spend some intimate time with greater than one of many females. Mason mentioned he had his favourites however didn’t suppose he was that picky.
If Tostada is profitable in his romantic encounters, the gestation interval for a spider monkey is eight months.
When Stuff visited on a Saturday afternoon, the spider monkeys have been lounging within the solar consuming apple – which is like lollies to them – and choosing popcorn (a tasty, low calorie snack) from between the scales of pinecones.
They have been in a position to effortlessly skip throughout the ropes into their monkey home; Mason mentioned they by no means fell into the water which retains them inside their enclosure.
The spider monkeys are ambassadors for the long-limbed species at Orana Park, which is endangered primarily as a consequence of habitat loss.
Spider monkeys are ready to make use of their tail as an efficient fifth limb. They get their identify as a result of after they hold from the cover of the rainforest, the place they spend virtually all of their time within the wild, they appear to be massive, bushy spiders.
They’re extensively hunted for meals again within the rainforests they name house.