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Brown capuchin (tufted capuchin) Johny, Chicco, Gita


 Smart monkeys - Johny, Chicco, Gita

Johny, Chicco, Gita - they found a new home in Malkia Park - came to us from a private foreign ZOO for little space.

 Their diets are the most varied as it is usual by new world monkeys (New World monkeys - flat-nosed monkeys, inhabit areas of America). They eat everything: fruits, vegetables, insects, eggs, meat.
They look for food in groups, and if one member discovers something edible, it can make the others make a loud whistling sound.

They live in communities of 6 to 20 members. The group is usually led by a dominant pair / possibly a dominant male. Females give birth to one young every two years, at any time of year. If the young do not reach the age of independence, they give birth every year.

They live 15 - 25 years in a wild, up to 40 years in captivity. The brown monkey measures 32 to 57 cm without a tail and weighs 1.9 to 4.8 kg. The tail reaches a length of 38 to 56 cm.

Brown capuchin (and related species) are animals in which the use of tools such as water retention with vessels, insect hunting with twigs, the use of absorbent objects to retain fluids, or the breaking of hard fruit with stone hammers has been observed in the wild and in captivity.

Apes have been observed breaking stones with nuts and even using stones to release other stones that could serve as suitable tools. This behavior, known as the use of a second-order instrument, was previously known only to chimpanzees.
In Malkia Park, as part of the annotated feedings, the monkeys break coconuts, for example, against a hard surface, and do not try to bite the shell.
Keepers are also used to giving them spring onions - they paint their body with their grandson and thus get rid of parasites.

People often buy primates, thinking they are cheerful and nice pets. When adorable cubs become stubborn adolescents and aggressive adults who, in addition, destroy everything around them, such as the equipment of an apartment or paddock, and simply cannot maintain hygiene, people try to get rid of them.

Also, tourists who are photographed on holiday with tamed primates unknowingly support the inappropriate treatment of animals.
These individuals are often acquired in the wild or in captivity by tearing off the young from their mother at an early age, when the young cling to humans and are easy to handle.
The animal is forced to sit with a collar and chain and suffer from touching and photographing with a number of strangers. When he does not cooperate or is aggressive, it is unnecessary for the owner and ends up in unsuitable premises.
Therefore, please do not support photography with animals.

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