September 1, 2009

Monkeys relocated from Zambian State House

Zambian officials said 61 monkeys have been relocated from State House grounds since one of the animals urinated on the president in June.

Fred Hengeveld, marketing manager with the Munda Wanga Botanical Gardens in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, said President Rupiah Banda asked the organization and the Born Free Foundation to remove the estimated 200 monkeys living on the State House grounds after one of the primates urinated on Banda during a June 24 news conference, The (Lusaka) Post reported Tuesday.

It is estimated that there are approximately 200 primates involved and the president wanted some of them removed, relocated and released humanely back into the wild, Hengeveld said.

The Munda Wanga trust said 61 monkeys have so far been removed from the State House.