Wild Fact #3 – Hitting the Jackpot – GoldenPalace.com Monkey
Believe it or not the name of this monkey is not a typo. They are actually known as the GoldenPalace.com Monkey. It isn’t too often that my love for wildlife and my passion for marketing join forces but that is exactly what took place in 2004, shortly after the new monkey was discovered. Yep, GoldenPalace.com casino won an auction to have the naming rights of the newly discovered species, also known as Madidi Titi. In case you are interested, the large online casino paid $650,000 for this honour with the funds being earmarked for the protection of the monkey’s habitat.
Other Cool Facts About the GoldenPalace.com Monkey
- Interestingly enough the scientific name for the Madidi Titi is Callicebus aureipalatii, which of course means “Golden Palace”. Hey, they spent $650,000 so they might as well get both the common name and scientific name, right?
- The GoldenPalace.com Monkey is a fairly small monkey with a height around 40 cm (16″) so maybe this is why it took so long for us to discover them
- If you want to catch a glimpse at the $650,000 monkey then you will need to fork over some cash for a plane ticket to Bolivia (unless you already live there then you can just go outside). Typically, these monkey’s can be found in the forest at the foot of the Andes Mountains in northwestern Bolivia.
Sure they have a weird name but the GoldenPalace.com Monkey shares many similarities with other known Titi species. For example, much like their relatives, the Madidi Titi is also monogamous. That’s right, this casino loving monkey will mate for life. Typically, the pair will maintain a territory together using loud, unique calls to ensure that no other Titi’s intrude on their precious home. When this pair creates beautiful monkey children it is often the male’s responsibility to carry the young on his back until they are old enough to take care of themselves.
Just imagine how sore your back would be if humans did this. I think carrying your child around for 18 years would be terrible on your back, but I bet the chiropractors would be doing quite well.
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