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Saturday, June 14, 2014

From the News: A monkey and a gorilla who became friends at Dublin Zoo

The two youngsters quickly became the best of pri-mates

A major trend in zoos over recent years has been the transition towards mixed-species exhibits.  It's lead to a lot of experimentation as different combinations have been tried over the years - some with positive results and some... less so.

As a general rules, primates have been some of the harder animals to incorporate into mixed exhibits.  They are intelligent, dexterious, and curious, often in the manner resembling a destructive, malicious child.  (Of course, I've never been too huge of a fan of monkeys to begin with...)

There have been plenty of successes with even them, however, and this new display at Dublin Zoo looks like it's going to be a big hit with the visitors and (most important) the animals living there.

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