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Visitors combining a break in one of the excellent hotels in Dublin with a trip to Dublin Zoo over the coming months can say hello to a new resident after a female Goeldi’s monkey was welcomed into the fold.a young Goeldi's monkey

The adorable critter – whose species is in danger of being wiped out due to hunting and deforestation – moved into her home in the South American House at the weekend and now joins nine other species housed in the enclosure, including monkeys, tortoises and parrots from the rainforests of Central and South America.

Such is their unique ability to blend into their surroundings, the rare, dark-haired Goeldi’s monkey wasn’t described by explorers until 1904.

The arrival comes at the same time that Dublin Zoo celebrates a new sponsor for the South American House – Kellogg’s Coco Pops – which has been described by staff as a ‘major boost’ and one that will aid ‘vital infrastructural improvements’.

Image credit: ahisgett (Flickr)

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