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Two Rare Monkeys Latest Addition To South Coast Zoo

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The Santa Barbara Zoo has two new White-Faced Saki monkeys. The species is native to South American rainforests, and is under threat from hunting and loss of habitat.

A South Coast zoo has two furry new residents.  The Santa Barbara Zoo is now home to a pair of White-Faced Saki monkeys.  Penelope is two years old, and comes from a Texas zoo.  Her new mate, Calabaza, is from a Florida zoo.

White-Faced Sakis are small South American monkeys which live in rainforests.  They will come to the ground to look for food, but spend most of their time in trees.

They are considered to be a threatened species, because of destruction of their habitat as well as hunting.  The two monkeys were matched and brought to the zoo as part of an international breeding program intended to help preserve endangered species.

The zoo is currently closed because of the pandemic, but people will be able to see them in their new home when it reopens.