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Published June 3rd 2012
The chimps at Monarto are not exactly monkeys, they're technically great apes, but they're cheeky, mischievous and have amazing individual personalities. And if you watch them long enough, their behaviour seems surprisingly familiar!
There are currently 8 chimpanzees at Monarto Zoo, 4 female and 4 male. There is a lot of excitement as it is clear that at least one of the female chimps, Zombi, is pregnant and due to give birth sometime in September.
The Chimpanzee habitat is excellent; the viewing platform is high above the ground and gives an expansive view of their large enclosure. The chimps are just a short walk from the visitor centre, just past the meerkats and then the yellow-footed rock wallabies and you're there. There are no steps, so it's very accessible for prams and wheelchairs. There are toilets and seating, so it makes for a good stop off point to watch, enjoy and take some photos of these amazing animals.
You cannot drive your own car around the zoo, but getting to all of the exhibits is easy. Outside of the visitor centre is a bus stop for the hop on/hop off Zu-Loop bus. The buses are run by volunteers who provide excellent commentary and facts. The visitor centre has a café, shop, touch tables for the children and toilet facilities.
Cost:Members are Free Family (2 adults and 2 or 3 children) $85 Adult (15 ) $31.50 Child (4 -14) $18 CONCESSION* Concession card must be shown $22 There are even 2 Zoo Passes and other pricing structures, check their website for more information