All monkeys and apes are classed as primates – as are we! Primates are our closest relatives in the world of animals and it’s easy to spot the similarities.

Wonderful, fun, interesting and engaging creatures, most primates are ‘arboreal’ meaning they live in trees whilst others are terrestrial, preferring to live on the ground.

Primates are resourceful and intelligent and have large brains. They have strong legs and arms with long fingers and toes perfect to show off their amazing tree climbing abilities. They are a very social bunch, just like us humans.

We’re lucky here at the Zoo to share our home with a large ‘community’ of primates including Chimpanzees, Spider Monkeys, Lar Gibbons, Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Cotton Top Tamarins and Goeldi's Monkeys.

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