Sunday, 28 March 2010

Monkeying About

The Zoo: The Story of London ZooLondon Zoo has just announced an exciting new concept; they are going to allow visitors and primates to interact without any barriers such as glass and cages.

Their apparent aim is to simulate an Amazonian ecosystem somewhere near Euston Road.

While I wish them luck in their endeavours there are those of us who can still remember being harassed by troupes of monkeys in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The scenario was not a pleasant one when I experienced this in 1982.

The zoo's director, a Mr Field, is reportedly "evangelical about tearing down the bars and letting the animals roam free".

A good run around Singapore's McRitchie Reservoir pursued by hungry Macaque monkeys is all he needs to bring him to his senses.

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