On Tuesday afternoon fourteen Java monkeys were welcomed in Dierenrijk in Nuenen.
The group consists completely of females and is known as the ‘Tasminah Group’, named after the dominant female. Java monkeys are indigenous to Southeast Asia. These animals have come from the ‘Stichting AAP’ (foundation for indigenous animals) in Almere.
The ladies are moving into the elephant enclosure. In the wild, monkeys often live with elephants, but the combination with Java monkeys is not common.
The elephants enclosure is 1 acre. If the elephants do not welcome the monkeys, the space is large enough for them to keep their distance.
From Wednesday onwards, the Java monkeys can be seen in the indoor location. When they are acclimatized, they will be allowed to explore the property outside.