Primates at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
The primates at the Folsom City Zoo were at one time kept as pets or were the offspring of laboratory test animals.
All monkeys become difficult to keep as pets because though cute as babies they grow into strong, smart and aggressive adults. All important traits in wild animals.
Monkeys with pockets
People can carry things in their pockets. Macaques (ma-kaks) have cheek pouches that function as their "pockets." All macaques are Old World monkeys from Asis and Africa. They have compact bodies and relatively short arms and legs. Some have thick pads and brightly colored skin on their rumps to advertise their reproductive status. Their short tails are not prehensile which means they can't grasp with them like the much longer tailed New World monkeys of South America. Most live in troops from a few to hundreds of animals. They forage on, or close to, the ground for plants and fruits that make up the majority of their diet.
Macaques Darwin and Wallace
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary has two young male macaques, Darwin and Wallace.
The small long tailed animals that you see quickly jumping from place to place are Squirrel Monkeys. These very social primates are New World monkeys, which reside in Central and South America. Living on insects, fruits, vegetation and nuts they gather in large troops of 40 to 60 members in the high canopy of jungle trees. Although the males are slightly larger and heavier it is the females that are the dominant members of the group. They utilize a variety of calls to communicate to one another including loud screeches, which can indicate danger and rally the troop together for security.
Orinoco and Monita, and Curley
Male Orinoco arrived at the Zoo in 1997 from the U.C. Davis Primate Center. Rejected by his mother at birth he needed continual around the clock care. Although commonly sold in pet stores in the past, the Zookeeper who acted as their surrogate mother is the first to discourage anyone from ever having a monkey as a pet! Monita joined in October 1998. Curley joined the troop October 2010. (Photo to follow)