Stockholm - Saudi Arabia has blocked the transfer of four monkeys to a zoo in Riyadh from Sweden because of its diplomatic spat with Stockholm, the Swedish zoo where they were bred said on Thursday.
Jonas Wahlstrom, head of the Skansen Zoo, said he had received a call from Riyadh Zoo saying that Saudi authorities would not grant entry to the pygmy marmosets.
At about 12 centimetres long, the pygmy marmoset is the world's smallest monkey. Skansen sends around 10 pygmy marmosets a year from its breeding programme to zoos around the world.
“They told me that this was due to the political crisis”, he said.