There will be even more monkeying around at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort – after an exotic new primate pal swung on by to stay.
The tourist attraction’s colourful cast of creatures has welcomed a new addition, a 14-year-old mandrill (a primate from the old world monkey family) called Juneijo.
Hailing from Spain, the globe-trotting newcomer is set to turn plenty of heads with his eye-catching red-striped looks and fancy yellow beard.
The male mandrill loves nothing more than to snack on fruits, grains and nuts to feed his hearty appetite, while playfully ambling around his new home and taking an occasional nap in a tree.
He isn’t short of company, either, having already been paired up with Dora, the zoo’s nine-year-old mandrill resident.
Juneijo is the striking new member of the Primate Parade team who welcome visitors to the zoo.
Dr. Waleed Sha’aban, Emirates Park Resort’s Zoo Operations Manager, said “Juneijo brings so much joy to our Primate Parade. He delights in socializing and cheerfully interacting with visitors in the best way that he can. A born leader, he also shows exemplary strength and natural protectiveness for his partner Dora.”
Often found in Southern Cameroon and Congo in Africa mandrills are considered to be the largest of all monkeys in the world. They are also known to be the most diverse type of monkey, being able to live near bodies of water in tropical rainforests and having a wide food options to choose from.
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Emirates Park Zoo and Resort, 12th Street, Al Bahia, Abu Dhabi City (02 506 9000).