Meet the Monkeys
... which you will surely do when you visit our monkey house – and be amazed about the diversity of a monkey's life!
Have you ever seen a monkey with glasses? You can find some in our monkey house – our Dusky Leaf Monkeys never take off their "glasses" – these are noticeable white rings around their eyes. By the way, the young animals have orange fur in the first weeks after they are born, which later changes to the grey of the adults.
The Black Spider Monkeys are agile climbers that use their tail as a prehensile organ or fifth "grabbing limb" to help them do anything up to 10-metre-long brachiation swings through the trees. They belong to the group of new-world monkeys that live in Central and South America.
The face of the Lion-tailed Macaque Monkey or Wanderoo is adorned by a magnificent greyish-white coronet or beard. These Monkeys have their home in the tropical mountain rainforests of Southwest India and are very much endangered by the destruction of their habitat.
Seldom seen, the Gold-bellied Mangabeys were first discovered in 1900. Their white eyelids are used to send signals, as is typical of other Mangabeys. Breeding of the Gold-bellied Mangabeys took place in Wuppertal in 1988 - the first time for a German zoological garden.
The jaws of the endangered Drill certainly earn respect. Belonging to the Baboon family and inhabitants of African rainforests Drills are rarely seen in zoological gardens. The Wuppertal Zoo is active in its conservation and breeding programme for Drills.