- Title: ISRAEL: RARE SAKI MONKEY GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS IN ISRAEL.
- Date: 17th August 2004
- Summary: (L!1) BEN SHEMEN, ISRAEL (AUGUST 17, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) SAKI MONKEY WHICH GAVE BIRTH TO TWINS SITTING IN HER CAGE WITH NEW BORN SAKI CLOSE OF NEW BORN SAKI VARIOUS OF MONKEY PEOPLE LOOKING AT MONKEYS MALE SAKI (WITH WHITE FACE) IN CAGE VARIOUS OF MALE AND FEMALE SAKIS NEXT TO EACH OTHER (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF THE MONKEY PARK, TAMAR FRIEDMAN, SAYING: "It is a special that we have a little baby Saki monkey because their numbers is going down in the nature because they are being hunted and the forest is being cut down and there aren't many in zoos in our area, not in Europe and there are non in Israel, and it's important to keep this species going and to have more different babies so that the different groups will be more varied." VARIOUS OF FEMALE SAKI MONKEY WITH BABY CLOSE OF NEW BORN SAKI MONKEY CHILDREN LOOKING AT MONKEYS
- Embargoed: 1st September 2004 13:00
- Location: BEN SHEMEN, ISRAEL
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Environment,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA3ZO23VR3ALJX638W665HZS7DS
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- Story Text: A rare Saki monkey has given birth to twins in Israel.
Israelis gathered at the Ben Shemen monkey park on Tuesday (August 17) to get a glimpse at a newly born Saki monkey, a rare species found mainly in South America.
The female gave birth to twins on Tuesday but one of them died at birth, making the fury survivor the first to be born in Israel.
The director of the monkey park said the number of Saki monkeys in the world is declining because they are being hunted for their fur. The monkey park in Ben Shemen is part of the European Endangered Species programme, trying to stop the animal from getting extinct.
"It is a special that we have a little baby Saki monkey because their numbers is going down in the nature because they are being hunted and the forest is being cut down and there aren't many in zoos in our area, not in Europe and there are non in Israel, and it's important to keep this species going and to have more different babies so that the different groups will be more varied" said Tamar Friedman.
The newly born monkey was seen clinging onto its mother's belly as she lay on the roof of her cage.
Friedman said the sex of the newly born will only become known in two months time, when it begins forming its colours properly. Male Sakis have white faces and although the female may have white markings on her face, it is not as distinct.
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