Monday, August 17, 2009

A Frowning Monkey

Training to be a volunteer ranger at the Singapore Zoo has meant that I have been spending quite a bit of time at the zoo for the past two months. As part of the training, we did keeper attachments and perform all the tasks the keepers do in animal husbandry.
During our break, I took my camera out and hung out with a free ranging female White-Faced Saki. This cute little primate prefers to hang out behind the scenes and she spends all of her time in the keepers' area behind the Fragile Forest bio-dome.
She is a species of saki monkey - a type of New World monkey - found in South America. Her kind live in the understory and lower canopy of the forest, feeding mostly on fruits, but also eating nuts, seeds, and insects. What made her special was the range of facial expressions she went through when my lens was in her face. It was the first time any of us had a primate frown at us the way she did.

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