Monkeying around

Cheeky primates are having a great time monkeying around on their new climbing frame.

spider-monkey-2-webThree spider monkeys have been busy exploring the new play frame in their hillside enclosure.

It has taken six weeks for our keepers to construct the wooden and rope frame and our talented team have also cleverly incorporated recycled items into the enclosure as playthings for the trio.

A large hammock has been made in-house out of old hose reels, while two giant wooden reels have been put to good use after being donated to the zoo by Cables Britain Ltd, of Cradley Heath.

Team Leader Lower Primates, Nicola Wright, said: “They seem to really be enjoying the frame and the more confident they get, the more they explore.

“We have also noticed they like sitting on the highest part of the frame to watch vehicles go past on the dual carriageway!”

The male and two females will soon be joined by female, Delilah. The four year-old, who transferred in November from Denmark, is currently completing a six-month quarantine period in the Small Primate Houses to the rear of the Discovery Centre.

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CAPTIONS: Spider monkeys enjoy their new climbing frame.