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Dec 13, 2007

Monkey Jungle

Monkey Jungle from Bristol Zoo Gardens

Innovative new housing for the zoo's primates

A building for primates was completed in August 2006 replacing the previous Monkey House that was more than 20 years old.

The new building is designed to provide excellent living facilities for five primate species, secure and safe working facilities for keepers and an exciting and educational experience for zoo visitors. In addition, the adjacent gorilla enclosure, separated by a water moat, provides a beautiful backdrop to two of the primate enclosures and allows the De Brazza monkeys access to the outdoor gorilla island via an artificial log bridge.

The lemur enclosure includes a well planted walk through facility allowing zoo visitors close and uninhibited views of the lemurs while rangers (zoo staff) are always available to monitor safety and to explain about lemurs in general, conservation work in Madagascar and the overall work of Bristol Zoo Gardens. Much of the remaining enclosures are viewed through glass or wire.

The indoor and outdoor areas for each species are adjacent to each other allowing convenient public viewing no matter where the animals choose to be. The indoor areas are some five metres high and are linked to off-show holding facilities complete with removable restraint (crush) cages.

Developed by:  Bristol Zoo Gardens

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