Barbary macaques are on the verge of extinction. Many of those who survived live in the zoo of the small English town of Stoke-o-Trent. Here's the problem: rare monkeys just don't want to breed.
To solve the problem of under-romantic macaques, the West Midlands Zoo has hired an impersonator known for his ability to copy '80s soul legend Marvin Gaye. The singer was scheduled to perform some of the late soul legend's greatest hits in front of Barbary macaques.
The songs Let's Get it On and Sexual Healing were chosen as the opening act. Zoo officials explained that they hoped the music would make females more willing to accept males. “David, a very accomplished love song guru, sang some Marvin Gaye classics to the monkeys while in their midst, and they seemed very relaxed and full of love!” Although we don't think the monkeys are overly impressed.
Representatives of the zoo are sure that this summer macaques will have a record number of offspring. But it seems to us that he simply used the shortage of wards as an excuse to arrange a romantic concert of his favorite artist. Which of us is right, only time will tell.
Meanwhile, there are only 8,000 Barbary macaques left in the world: they are dying out due to deforestation. the monkeys simply have nowhere to live. There are 140 monkeys in the zoo - more specifically, the great Trentham Monkey Forest. And local zoologists are working to restore the species. They are willing to go to great lengths to make the monkeys romantic.