Golden Lion-tamarins being fed during Meet The Primates animal experience at Adelaide Zoo
Hamadryas Baboon eating at Adelaide Zoo
Sumatran Orangutan holding onto ropes at Adelaide Zoo
Golden Lion-tamarins being fed during Meet The Primates animal experience at Adelaide Zoo

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Meet The Primates is unavailable until further notice.

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Learn about all things apes and monkeys!

We could spend hours watching the fascinating primates here at Adelaide Zoo! Join our behind the scenes experience and learn about all things apes and monkeys from our dedicated keepers.

Get up close and personal to the likes of our adorable tiny tamarins, awe-inspiring orangutans and our lively Hamadryas Baboon troop as you meet them face-to-face and present them with some awesome enrichment items.

Please note the minimum age for this experience is 6 years.

Highlights of this experience

  • Get up close to our tamarins, orangutans and Hamadryas Baboons
  • Discover Adelaide Zoo’s off-limits primate areas
  • Assist the keepers in preparing their morning meals, daily treats and enrichment

Also known as the red ape or the ‘old man of the forest’, orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling mammal on earth.

Male baboons have beautiful long silver hair which stretches over their shoulders and is referred to as a ‘cape’.

How your ticket helps our conservation efforts

It’s estimated there are only around 7,000 orangutans left in the wild which suggest that they could be extinct within the next ten years as the population continues to decline. Sadly, wild populations of tamarin species are also declining; Cotton-top Tamarins are critically endangered with around 6,000 left in the lowland forests of Columbia.

The main threats to primates in the wild are the illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss due to deforestation, conversion for agriculture and clearing of land for unsustainable palm oil plantations.

By purchasing a ticket to our Meet the Primates experience at Adelaide Zoo, you are not only supporting the incredible species in our care, you’re also helping us raise awareness and valuable funds to safeguard their wild cousins. Part of the income generated from our Animal Experiences contributes to the work Zoos SA does in support of a wide number of conservation programs both within and beyond our gates.

Want to get involved? You can help!

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.


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