Shenzhen Safari Park plans marriages for rare, lonely primates Published: 2013-11-12 14:52:28

A 5-year-old black-and-white ruffed lemur native to Madagascar and the Comoro Islands at the Shenzhen Safari Park. Lemurs have an average life span of about 19 years and reach sexual maturity at the age of 2. Photo: Musheng


A 13-year-old male chimpanzee lies alone in a tire at the Shenzhen Safari Park. This species of primate, mostly distributed in Central Africa to East Guinea, has an average life span of about 40 years and reaches sexual maturity at between 5 and 7 years old. Photo: Musheng

Employees at Shenzhen Safari Park celebrated Singles' Day on November 11 by sending out "marriage" personals to zoos nationwide in the hope of finding mates for endangered creatures.

The aspiring "brides and grooms" are endangered adult primates imported from overseas.

Zoo employees said primates have recently shown anxiety, loss of appetite and signs of depression.

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