27 Oct, 2017 @ 16:16
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Breaking misconceptions: Monkeys don’t eat bananas

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WHO KNEW: Bananas can end up harming monkey's metabolism

DID you know that monkeys very rarely eat bananas?

According to Bioparc Fuengirola, it’s a common misconception thanks to Hollywood films and circuses.

Primates were first given the yellow fruit in the earliest zoos but they are actually too high in sugar and giving monkeys too many can give them health problems like diabetes.

Studies of different zoological parks with primates have shown that a low sugar diet reduces aggressiveness and increases reproduction and survival of offspring.

“We make sure we research our monkeys’ natural habitats and replicate the nutrients that they would get in the wild,” a spokesperson said.

“It’s extremely important as natural diets vary widely between the likes of chimpanzees and orangutans.”

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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