Capel Manor Gardens is part of Capel Manor College’s Enfield Campus, and our mini zoo is managed by the College’s Animal Management team. Recently, the team were delighted to welcome two, white-faced saki monkeys to our animal collection.
The white-faced saki is a New World monkey found in rainforests throughout the northeast region of South America in northern Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, and Venezuela. They are usually found in the lower-to-mid canopy of the forest and can adapt to both wet and dry conditions in a variety of altitudes with relative ease.
The monkey pair were born at Bristol Zoo and are brother and sister. They grew up at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park before joining our animal collection after discussions with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Studbook. Formed in 1992, EAZA’s mission is to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation.
The monkeys will be cared for by the College’s foundation degree students studying the FdSc Animal Management and Zoology course. A key element of the College’s higher education offering that differs from other universities is the practical element of this course; students get numerous opportunities to carry out hands-on work and care for the many animals at our mini zoo, and in total Capel Manor College has over 1,000 animals in its collection.
Students and visitors were encouraged to contribute in naming the zoo’s latest additions by voting in a poll, and as a result the monkeys are called Bruno and Rosa!
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