Colobus monkeys explored their new Monkey Valley home at ZSL London Zoo for the first time on Tuesday 28 June - as the Zoo counts down to the landmark exhibit’s public opening in August.
Hidden camera footage shows the troop of ten Eastern black and white colobus monkeys scampering through a sky tunnel connected to their canalside pad – pausing to take in the scenery before excitedly leaping from tree to tree.
Keepers fixed cameras in place to watch the long-awaited moment from afar, while the monkeys investigated their expansive outdoor home – which includes a 30ft waterfall, multi-level sunny and shaded basking spots, more than 800 metres of rope to swing on, and 1,347 new plants and trees to leap amongst.
Over the next six weeks, the shaggy-tailed tree-dwellers will settle into Monkey Valley before visitors are invited to join them for the first time this August. Keep an eye on our website for future updates!