Talapoin monkeys Miopithecus spp in European zoos: status and management in mixed-species exhibits



The population of Talapoin monkeys Miopithecus spp in European zoos is small and, to date, few institutions have bred these monkeys regularly. During the period 2005–2009, several transfers were carried out in European Association of Zoos and Aquaria member zoos in order to build larger groups of animals, including one bachelor group, and talapoins have been introduced to several mixed-species exhibits. Although talapoins benefit from the larger space available in such enclosures, incidental fatality as a result of conflicts with other Old World primate species has been recorded. As young ♀ talapoins were targeted in these incidences, the possible influence of sexuality as a factor is discussed.