Marvin Gaye impersonator serenades zoo monkeys ahead of mating season

Let’s get it on! Marvin Gaye impersonator serenades zoo’s endangered monkeys to help them get in the mood for mating season

  • Staff at Trentham Monkey Forest invited a Marvin Gaye impersonator to sing
  • Keepers hope the soul classics would help the monkeys during breeding season 
  • The rare Barbary macaque monkeys reacted positively to the love songs 
  • This is the moment some endangered monkeys were serenaded by a Marvin Gaye impersonator at a West Midlands’ wildlife park. 

    Staff at Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent invited singer Dave Largie to sing some of the late soul legend’s greatest hits. 

    The monkey’s reacted with some ‘lovey dovey’ Barbary macaque action to the 1973 classic hit Let’s Get It On. 








    Marvin Gaye impersonator Dave Largie sang some of the soul legend's greatest hits at Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent last weekend to give the Barbary macaques some inspiration ahead of mating season

    Marvin Gaye impersonator Dave Largie sang some of the soul legend’s greatest hits at Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent last weekend to give the Barbary macaques some inspiration ahead of mating season

    Park Director Matt Lovatt said: 'We thought it could be a creative way to encourage our females to show a little affection to males that might not have been so lucky in love'

    Park Director Matt Lovatt said: ‘We thought it could be a creative way to encourage our females to show a little affection to males that might not have been so lucky in love’

    An insider said they wanted Dave  to ‘help boost the monkey love this mating season’. 

    There are less than 8,000 Barbary macaque monkeys left on the planet, 140 of whom roam freely around Trentham Monkey Forest. 

    An estimated 250 Barbary macaques are on the Rock of Gibraltar.  

    The Barbary macaque is a tail-less species of monkey that originates in North Africa in Algeria and Morocco. 

    A spokesperson said: ‘David, a highly experienced love song guru, sang several Marvin Gaye classics to the monkeys whilst in amongst them and they seemed very relaxed and full of love!’

    Keepers at the wildlife park reported seeing some classic Barbary macaque ‘lovey dovey’ action as a result of the impromptu concert. 

    They hope the unusual technique could result in a record number of babies this summer.  

    Park Director Matt Lovatt told MailOnline: ‘Monkeys being serenaded by Marvin Gaye – who’d have thought it!

    ‘We thought it could be a creative way to encourage our females to show a little affection to males that might not have been so lucky in love. 

    ‘Females in season mate with several males so paternity amongst our furry residents is never known. 

    ‘Each birth is vital to the species with Barbary macaques being classed as endangered.

    ‘Birthing season occurs in late spring/early summer each year, so hopefully Marvin’s done his magic and we can welcome some new babies. 

    ‘So here’s hoping that we have a record number of babies this year down to David and his serenading!’