London Zoo’s Cheeky Monkeys

Things to Do, What's New — By Erin Gallagher Maury on April 1, 2010 at 8:14 am

New this week, the ZSL London Zoo opened a fully interactive, living rainforest experience. And by interactive, we’re talking no barriers, no glass, no bars just you and the rainforest animals. Yes, animals!  Cast your fears aside, no predators allowed, except humans of course. Just a few spiders, scorpions, sloths, monkeys, birds to observe in a natural habitat. Bringing light on the destruction of the world’s rainforests, the exhibit, dubbed an ‘eco-safari’, begins just minutes from London’s bustling Marylebone Road.

Two toed sloth (photo courtesy of neilhooting)

There is also an evening exhibit to check out nocturnal creatures in action. Think glow in the dark scorpions! Meant to mimic a Bolivian rainforest, this ‘biome’ is kept at 75% humidity, so expect a hair-do much like the golden headed lion tamarin (see top right pic) you’ll spot inside. Just mind those cheeky little squirrel monkeys, they’re quite curious and may come over for a little visit.

Black capped squirrel monkey (Photo courtesy of wwarby)

(top, right: Golden headed lion tamarin photo courtesy of afcone)

Tags: london rainforest, london zoo, monkeys london


  • Pharaonick says:

    Glow in the dark scorpions? I know where I’m heading when I go back to London in a few weeks!

  • Elea Chang says:

    Hrm….putting people in a room with free-roaming monkeys, sloths, and anteaters? I’m anticipating the YouTube videos already (assuming cameras are allowed)!


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