Daily Israel Report

Five Israeli Monkeys Swing into Indian Zoo

Five monkeys from the Tisch Zoo in Jerusalem are in India and – well, monkeying around – as the country receives its first-ever mandrills.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/14/2011, 2:46 PM

Five monkeys from the Tisch Family Zoo in Jerusalem are in India and – well, monkeying around – as the country receives its first-ever mandrills.

The Tata Steel Zoological Park in Jamshedpurm India gave a warm welcome to the three female and two male monkeys on Saturday, according to the Asian news agency ANI.

The mandrill monkeys are from 8-10 years and weigh 35-40 kilograms, or 74-84 pounds.

A proposal regarding the exchange of animals between Israel and India was finalized last year and was promoted by India’s Central Zoo Authority.

The colorful primates, with red nostrils and lips along with blue and white stripes on the sides are found only in few parts of Africa.

"The most unique thing about this monkey is that it is called the king of the monkeys and they are very big in size as compare to baboons. This monkey is only found in Africa," a zoo official told ANI.

Visitors will have to wait a while before they see the monkeys swinging into action while the animals get used to their new surroundings.

"This is a completely herbivores animal so at the moment we will give them apple, banana and other seasonal fruits. After a while we even plan to give them dog biscuits so that they get additional vitamins," zoo veterinarian, Manik Palit said.

The zoo authorities plan to provide them a breeding ground and send mandrill monkeys to other zoos.