Special delivery at Parc Merveilleux
Bettembourg's Parc Merveilleux received a special delivery on Friday when a group of 10 macaque monkeys arrived to start a new life in Luxembourg.
The beautiful animals had travelled 550 kilometres from the “Espace zoologique Tonga Terre d'Accueil à Saint-Martin-la-Plaine”, close to Lyon, in France.
The delivery marks an important step in the lives of the 10 macaques who were previously abandoned by their owners or confiscated by customs.
“They are all survivors,” explained park vet Guy Willems, who travelled with the ten to give them a better future in Luxembourg.
Among the cheeky characters visitors will be able to see at the macaque enclosure from next Monday are Pepito. A scar on his upper lip is the only visible evidence of the abuse he received at the hands of his former owner. He had a broken jaw when he was seized.
Then there is Mâcon, the dominant female, named after the town in France where police found her. “They have all had terrible youths,” the vet explained.
The Parc Merveilleux rarely buys animals and it is no different for the macaques, who they will help to give a new life.
In order to allow the creatures time to adjust to their new home, they were released one by one into the indoor enclosure in an order which fits with the group hierarchy.
First in was Abou, the dominant male, followed by Bouba, weighing 20 kilos. The youngest were released last.
Their home is in the Madagascar section of the park, where an enclosure measuring 760 m2 has been specially constructed with grass, rocks and trees for climbing.
In their natural habitat, the macaques would be outside all year-round. But in Bettembourg they also have an indoor enclosure, where they stay while the outdoor space is being maintained.
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