Marvin Gaye’s music was used in an effort to persuade an endangered species of monkey to mate.
England’s Trentham Monkey Forest hired a Gaye impersonator to perform a set of songs for a colony of 140 Barbary macaques – and although it was a publicity stunt, there was evidence it might have worked .
“As each new addition is so important to the protection of the species, special guest Dave Largie has been invited to our beloved forest to serenade the primates…to inspire them to ‘Get It On'” , a declaration Explain. “David, a very experienced love-song guru, sang several Marvin Gaye classics to the monkeys among them, and they seemed very relaxed and full of love! Some classic ‘lovey-dovey’ Barbary macaque behaviors have exposed during the performance, such as grooming and chattering teeth. Who knows? Maybe there’s something in it, and the park will have a record number of babies this summer!
Director Matt Lovatt said: “We thought this might be a creative way to encourage our women to show some affection to men who might not have been so lucky in love. Females in season mate with multiple males, so paternity among our furry residents is never known. Each birth is vital to the species, with Barbary macaques listed as endangered.
Gaye – who died in 1984 – was one of the first R&B artists to address environmental issues in his 1971 single ‘Mercy Mercy Me’. Explaining his abandonment of romantic songs, he once said, “I started to re-evaluate my whole concept of what I wanted my music to say. I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would touch people’s souls. I wanted them to look at what was happening in the world.
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