Planting for primates

It’s National Gardening Week and keepers have started their own veg patch for our primates.

The Lower Primate team have transformed an off-show undeveloped area on the lower zoo site and started growing a selection of greens for the likes of our chimpanzees, spider and howler monkeys including runner beans, spinach, beetroot, courgettes, aubergines and parsnips.

Keeper Harley Hunt, pictured above, said: “Our animals always enjoy a daily diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is sourced by our storeman, but you can’t beat home-grown food and we researched which foods are nutritionally best for our primate species to plant.

“Hopefully by growing our own vegetables to use in the primates’ daily diets, it will save us money which will enable us to spend the funds on more expensive items.

“We’re looking forward to providing our primates with lots of tasty treats in the coming months.”

The week-long Royal Horticultural Society event this year celebrates Edible Britain and highlights how everyone has space to grow something delicious to eat.