HODENHAGEN, Germany, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
After the world's most famous white-headed capuchin was brought to the Serengeti-Park in Hodenhagen (Germany) last Sunday, he was put into quarantine, which will last another three weeks. This is to be the future home of Justin Bieber's monkey. Since 1995, the park has been home to Germany's only white-headed capuchin family. Following his quarantine, the monkey will be carefully integrated in this family.
When it was decided on 17 May 2013 that Mally would stay in Germany, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation opted for his permanent home to be in the Serengeti-Park. Dr Fabrizio Sepe, Managing Director of the Serengeti Park: "We are very happy about the newcomer and would like to thank the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation for placing their trust in us. We are making all necessary preparations in order to ensure that Mally has the best possible transition to his new home and has no problems integrating with others of his species".
The male monkey, who is just 23 weeks old and 1.3 kilograms light, is well and happy. Due to statutory regulations, he first has to be put into a 25-day quarantine. During this time, his keeper Jenny Niewöhner (29) will be looking after him. And after that his new monkey family will welcome him.
The Park has many years of experience in taking care of white-headed capuchins. His new family is made up of three males and three females. The little female ape Molly was born just recently, in February 2013. This makes her about the same age as the newcomer.
"That works out well. We are convinced that the integration will go off without a hitch", says Dr Fabrizio Sepe. "In addition, Mally is from a totally different breed group. This diversification is a great advantage for the further development of our existing group of monkeys".
The Serengeti Park
Founded in 1974 as a family-run company, the Serengeti Park is today run by the second generation of the Sepe family. The safari park in Hodenhagen, which is a popular zoological garden, is home to Europe's leading breeds of elephants and white rhinos. The two million square-metre area, Continental Europe's largest reserve, is home to more than 1,500 free-roaming animals. The park offers its visitors various zones, allowing them to discover the animal world in all its wonder as found on the African continent.
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