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Monkey Housewarming
20 August 2020
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Terra, Frosya, Teddy and Umka celebrate housewarming. We are talking about our Japanese macaques, which settled in a new building - part of the Far East exposition. Now the beauties have at their disposal a spacious winter and two distillation enclosures, as well as an amazingly beautiful summer enclosure with a pool, cozy houses, various logs, snags - and all this is literally buried in the greenery of manicured lawns and trees that were specially preserved during the reconstruction. Deer and raccoon dogs will live in an open enclosure nearby. So it won't be boring!

Regarding winter enclosures, the principles of maximum naturalness of materials are also observed here. In the enclosures, everything is thought out to the smallest detail so that the primates feel as comfortable as possible and do not get bored. There are hammocks, ropes, special platforms, decorative trees, and various puzzles. All enclosures have video surveillance.

As soon as the Japanese macaques found themselves in the new room, they immediately proceeded to inspect and test "interesting things" - they climbed the ropes, mesh ceiling, equipped shelters under the platforms and from time to time talked among themselves, as if expressing their admiration. Sixteen-year-old Umka turned out to be the most active in the development of new possessions, she is the leader in the group, so she was the first to appreciate the automatic drinker, and then settled in a comfortable hammock. Within minutes, other members of the group followed suit. These leso-social animals have a complex structure of relationships - relationships are built on the basis of a hierarchy, everyone, except the leader, obeys someone. This is their family and school of life. The family of our Japanese macaques is very sociable and curious. Primates do not show aggression towards each other, food is not taken away. So they live in peace and harmony.

Now the adaptation process continues, with primates being trained. Already now, each of the monkeys has a favorite place to rest, play and eat. The diet of Japanese macaques includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, cereals, bread and butter, honey, juices, tea, compote, jam, dairy products, eggs, meat, fish.

For reference: Before the reconstruction, Japanese macaques lived in the "House of the Primates", which was built in the 30s of the last century. It also contained and exhibited lapunders, rhesus monkeys, hamadryas.