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Two new species of monkeys arrive at Nandankanan zoo

Bhubaneswar: Visitors will now get glimpse of some new faces in the animal safari of Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) here as the authorities have brought two new exotic species of monkeys.

The zoo authorities have bought a pair of red-handed tamarind and a pair of black-headed marmoset from Tamil Nadu. An agency in Tamil Nadu shifted the animals to Nandankanan. The animals will reached here on Monday, sources at the zoo said.

The red-handed tamarind, also known as golden-handed tamarind, is known for its contrasting reddish-orange hair on its feet and hands. It is an exceptional climber and spends most of its time among the vines and branches of trees. It is a native of wooded areas north of the Amazon River in Brazil. Similarly, black-headed marmoset belongs to marmoset species endemic to Brazil. It inhabits humid tropical rainforest.

At present, Nandankanan has seven species of monkeys like black-faced monkey, bonnet monkey, rhesus monkey, baboons, orangutan, Nilgiri langur and chimpanzee. With the arrival of the two new varieties of monkeys, the number of species reaches to nine.

Sources said Patas monkey, common squirrel monkey and some other species of monkeys at Nandankanan faced extinction over the year. Similarly, the lone female orangutan, named Binny, is suffering from multiple ailments due to old age and is on its deathbed.

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