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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 this behind the scenes experience and learn about all things apes and monkeys from dedicated keepers.

Get up close and personal to the likes of adorable tiny tamarins, awe-inspiring orangutans and the 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 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 Meet the Primates, 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.

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