ZSL London Zoo unveiled its landmark new Monkey Valley walkthrough exhibit on July 28, 2022, revealing the iconic former Snowdon Aviary's transformation into a new home for Eastern black and white colobus monkeys – the first of its kind in the UK.
Inside the soaring new canal-side walkthrough, visitors are transported to the lush, mountainous forests of central Africa, and treated to panoramic 360° views of the colobus troop, as they leap from tree to tree.
Soaring 80 feet above the Primrose Hill skyline – the height of six London double-decker buses – the new walkthrough features a range of monkey upgrades, including multi-level sunny and shaded basking spots for the ten troop members to lounge in, more than 800 metres of rope to swing on, 1,347 new plants and trees to leap amongst and a 30ft waterfall, flowing into a peaceful lagoon.
The exciting new attraction is also home to Colobus Park – a peaceful picnic spot, where parents can relax while little ones practise their own colobus leaps – and an interactive Colobus Corner, where visitors of all ages can learn to translate ‘colobus speak’, deciphering what their unique clicks and grunts really mean.
The historic renovation will allow generations of future visitors and schoolchildren to get even closer to the amazing animals at ZSL London Zoo while forming a new conservation breeding centre for the troop – part of a collaborative European-wide breeding programme focused on the preservation of the species, which is threatened by deforestation in the wild.