Feng shui for monkeys
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Zoo paid $4,500 to an expert in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui to ensure three endangered golden monkeys on loan from China can have a strong life force.
Consulting the feng shui expert was part of the cost for a $7.4 million enclosure for the golden monkeys debuting at the zoo later his year. Feng shui focuses on balance in design to promote health and happiness.
Feng shui is in demand among high-end architects and interior designers, but Beverly Hills-based feng shui expert Simona Mainini said the Los Angeles Zoo's effort may be a first in animal enclosure design.
"It's very experimental," Mainini said. "We don't have any books on feng shui for monkeys. We just have to assume that Darwin is correct and that there is a connection and what is good for humans is good for monkeys." [AP]
I'm the first to agree that good design contributes to quality of life, but let's drop the mystical life force bullshit. Leave it to the primatologists and real architects to determine what kinds of enclosures are good for monkeys.
Note: The monkey shown here is a vervet, the monkeys who got feng shui are Chinese golden monkeys. I don't know if the LA zookeepers are assuming that feng shui works better for Chinese monkeys than it does for other primates.