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At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

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Primate Info


  • Chimpanzees live in large multi-male and multi-female social groups.
  • There is usually one dominant male, and thereafter a male hierarchy.
  • The females also have a hierarchy.
  • Chimpanzees are well known for their ability to make and utilise tools.
  • Chimpanzees from different parts of Africa have different cultural traditions and will learn different skills from chimps in other areas e.g. 'fishing' for termites or using a rock as a hammer on a rock anvil.
  • At night they make a 'nest' of interwoven or layered leafy branches, which forms a platform for the night.
  • Chimpanzees come from restricted areas of Africa and extend east as far as Tanzania.
  • They live in groups of up to 50 individuals and have fission fusion communities in which the super-group will split into smaller sub-groups.
  • A core group of related males patrol the community territory boundaries.
  • The groups have a rigid social hierarchy and live in primary and secondary dry woodland savannah, grassland and tropical rain forest.
  • Chimpanzees eat fruit, leaves, seeds and animal prey.
  • They live for approximately 50 years and generally give birth to a single infant per pregnancy.
  • Baby chimpanzees are weaned at approximately 4 years.
  • There are probably only 30,000 chimpanzees left in the wild today. Their numbers have been halved in the last ten years.
  • All wild chimpanzee populations are in decline as a result of forest destruction, hunting for bush meat, and poaching for the illegal pet trade or to be used as tourist entertainment.


  • Orang-utans come from Borneo and Sumatra.
  • Orang-utans from Borneo and Sumatra are different sub-species.
  • They live in primary rain forest from lowland swamp to upland forest habitats.
  • Orang-utans are generally solitary animals but they do have loose associations around abundant food sources.
  • Females generally give birth to a single infant which gestates in approximately 8 1/2 - 9 months.
  • The baby is weaned at approximately 4-5 years.
  • Generally the males are twice the weight of the females, with males weighing 77kg and females 37kg.
  • Orang-utans are critically endangered and it is estimated that there are only 20,000 left in the wild.
  • Wild orang-utans are threatened by de-forestation, agriculture and poaching.

Woolly Monkeys

  • Woolly Monkeys come from central and western areas of South America.
  • They occupy humid primary flooded and non-flooded forest and live in groups numbering 5-43 individuals.
  • They live in multi-male groups with one dominant male in charge of the group.
  • Woolly Monkeys eat fruit, leaves, seeds, gums, flowers and animal prey.
  • Females generally give birth to a single infant which gestates in 220 days. The baby is weaned at 20 months.
  • They have a prehensile tail, which is used as a third arm so they can forage for food while hanging from their legs and tail.
  • They are very delicate monkeys to keep as they can be highly strung and they often suffer from diabetic tendencies if their diet is not just right.

Siamang Gibbons

  • Siamang Gibbons come from Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula in primary and secondary lowland and montane forest.
  • They are classified as 'lesser apes' not monkeys!
  • Siamangs pair bond for life and sing duets which solidify their relationship and announce their territory to neighbouring pairs of gibbons.
  • They occupy the top canopy of primary rainforests and feed on leaves, fruit, flowers and animal prey.
  • Siamangs move through the trees by swinging from arm to arm underneath the branches. This type of movement is known as 'brachiating'.
  • Their gestation period is 200-240 days and their life span is 35 years.
  • The pair will start breeding at approximately 6 years old and the male will somtimes carry the baby but return it to the female for feeding and sleeping.
  • Females generally give birth to a single infant which is weaned at 3-5 years.

Squirrel Monkeys

  • Squirrel Monkeys come from Brazil, Guyana, French Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and Colombia.
  • They live in multi-male groups, numbering 20-40 individuals.
  • Squirrel Monkeys live in primary and secondary moist forest, riverine forest and in mangrove swamps to 2000m.
  • These monkeys eat primarily animal prey including frogs, snails, crabs and insects. They also eat fruit and seeds.
  • They live for approximately 21 years.
  • Females generally give birth to a single infant that gestates for 170 days. Babies are weaned at 12 months.


  • Capuchin monkeys come from northern and central South America.
  • They live in multi-male groups numbering 8-14 individuals.
  • They live in primary and secondary rain forest to semi-deciduous lowland and montane habitats.
  • They eat primarily fruit, seeds and some animal prey.
  • They live for approximately 40 years.
  • Capuchins scent mark by washing their hands and feet in their own urine.
  • They have a prehensile tail for gripping and balancing in the trees.
  • Females generally give birth to a single infant which is weaned at 24 months.


  • Marmosets come from Brazil in South America. They are small rainforest monkeys that weigh less than 500g.
  • Members of this genus have enlarged incisor teeth that are the same size as the canines. These incisors are used for gouging out holes in trees in order to extract gums, resins and saps.
  • Marmosets live in family groups in which usually only the dominant female breeds and the whole group are involved in raising the young.


  • All Lemurs come from the island of Madagascar and its surrounding islands.
  • The troop at Monkey World live in a free ranging habitat consisting of woodland and open areas, which the visitors may enter and watch the lemurs.
  • Ring Tailed Lemurs are distinguished as the name suggests by the distinctive markings on the tail.
  • The troop is a multi-male and multi-female group, with a dominant female.
  • On sunny days it is not unusual to see the lemurs sitting back 'sunbathing'.