Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Why are there velvet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) in Broward County, Florida? No one is quite sure, though there are various rumors involving escape from a research lab or a roadside tourist attraction. There are two troops (over 100 monkeys) that have established breeding populations at Dania Beach since they first appeared back in the 1950s. According to this article from the St. Petersburg Times, the monkeys have many fans that are concerned about the impact that an impending condominium development will have on the primates. Apparently there's little concern about the potential environmental impact of these "opportunistic feeders."
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