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Revisiting Nocturnal Animals at Taipei Zoo’s Tropical Zone House

Revisiting Nocturnal Animals at Taipei Zoo’s Tropical Zone HouseHow long has it been since you’ve last seen Taipei Zoo’s nocturnal denizens? The good news is that these creatures of the night will meet the public once again with the slated completion and future opening of the Tropical Zone House at Taipei Zoo!
 
Since the dismantling of the Nocturnal House in September of 2012, many of the furry residents have been relocated to other parts of the zoo for care. Some of these creatures have remained away from public eyes since then. With the completion of constructions of the new facility, animals such as Azara’s night monkeys, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and pygmy slow loris will soon make their way back to the exhibition area.
 
The family of Azara’s night monkeys, which arrived from Zoo Frankfurt in 2008, had adapted remarkably to life at Taipei Zoo. They are often seen climbing along vines and seeking out preys in shrubs, as well as catching insects in flight thanks to their superb vision in the dark. The dwarf lemurs, who store their nutrient as fat in their tail section, are able to hibernate for up to six months. The pygmy slow loris, natives to areas spanning Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, are considered vulnerable on the list published by IUCN due to devastation in their natural habitat from past wars.
 
These nocturnal primates usually rest in the day and remain active at night, evolving traits adapted to such lifestyle, including large and round eyes with powerful night vision capabilities even in dim light surroundings. The new facility features a long corridor which recreates the dim lighting environment to simulate the poor illumination during sunset and nighttime. Visitors planning on dropping by in the future should remain quiet and slow down their pace at the facility to ensure minimal disturbance to the animals.
 
For more information on these nocturnal animals, please visit the Chinese website of Taipei Zoo: http://www.zoo.gov.tw/