The Little Rock Zoo plans to spend about $1.3 million to build new colobus monkey and serval cat exhibits that will enhance the visitor experience, create more living and play room for the animals, and make space to breed them in the future.
The new colobus monkey habitat will include climbing structures for the animals and will have an "up and over pathway" for the monkeys to cross above the guest walkway.
"Guests will be able to look up at the monkeys looking down below and see them as they cross back and forth between the two areas," Zoo Director Susan Altrui said. "This type of exhibit design is exciting for both the animals and the guests."
The zoo has four colobus monkeys that were placed there last year at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums's Species Survival Plan. The four monkeys -- three females and one male -- will be recommended for breeding soon after the new habitat opens.
The plan is to start construction on the monkey and cat exhibits by June, with a completion and opening date next spring.
Colobus monkeys are native to central Africa. They are small -- usually between 18 and 27 inches long, not counting their tails, and weighing 12 to 32 pounds. They have four fingers and no thumbs.
Servals are small cats also native to Africa. They have a leopard-type print and a typical life span up to 19 years.
The new serval cat habitat will be placed across from the big cat area at the Little Rock Zoo. The zoo has two serval cats, a male and female, that are planned for breeding once a new exhibit is created.
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