Zoo director Dag Encke announced this on Thursday. The group had become too large and too inhomogeneous. Problems arise with the gene pool and social structures, says Encke. Passing the animals on to other zoos at home and abroad is not an alternative, nor is releasing them into the wild possible.
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The zoo sent a submission to the environmental committee of the Nuremberg city council on Thursday. Encke wants to explain the problem there the week after next and initiate a social discourse. According to the zoo director, killing for population management and feeding them to other zoo animals is already practiced with hoofed animals such as goats, sheep and cattle, but also with kangaroos. It would be new territory for primates, at least in Nuremberg. The German Animal Welfare Association believes that killing is only a viable option as a last resort.
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