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Birthday bonanza for Squirrel Monkeys

There’s been loads of monkey business at Adelaide Zoo thanks to a very special joint birthday party!

This week, celebrations have been in full swing for the squirrel monkey bachelor group as they partied for Cheche’s seventh birthday and Benito’s eighth.

Keepers threw a special party in honour of the two youngest monkeys with some presents and boxes to tear through, revealing some tasty treats.

Adelaide Zoo Keeper Hong Khuc said the birthday enrichment was as much of a treat for Cheche and Benito as it was for the whole bachelor group.

“These four boys are very energetic and love to investigate anything new in their habitat,” Hong said.

“They do enjoy tearing things open to get all the treats out – they’ve made quite a bit of mess so we’ll take that to mean they had a good time!”

Training programs, food puzzles and other forms of enrichment help to mentally stimulate our animals and challenge them to use natural behaviours and instincts.

Our dedicated keepers incorporate varied and engaging enrichment programs into each of our animal’s daily routines.

Adelaide Zoo’s bachelor group of squirrel monkeys is made up of brothers Cheche, Benito, Iago and Tito.

 

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