China not sending 3 rare golden monkeys to LA Zoo

2009-06-11T00:00:00Z China not sending 3 rare golden monkeys to LA Zoo Arizona Daily Star
June 11, 2009 12:00 am

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Zoo will not get a trio of rare golden monkeys from China as promised, after the city spent more than $7 million to build them a new home and hired a feng shui expert to see that it was suitable.

City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday that withholding the monkeys was a decision by the Chinese government. He said the city’s disappointed.

Then-mayor James Hahn went to China in 2002 seeking pandas for the zoo, but returned with the promise of the blue-faced, blond-haired monkeys as substitutes.

The special exhibit — which cost about $7.4 million — was designed to create the sense of a rural Chinese village.

Zoo Commission President Shelby Kaplan Sloan says the zoo will find other monkeys for the space.

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