Newquay Zoo is launching a unique experience to get people closer than ever to some rare and charismatic monkeys. Guests can now gain one on one interaction with the charity Zoo’s Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques.

Visitors will be met by primate keepers, then go behind the scenes to get close to the Sulawesi crested black macaques, learn about the struggles they face in the wild and then feed some of them.

Senior primate keeper Dave Rich explained: “We hope this new feeding experience will raise awareness for this Critically Endangered species. These guys are in real danger of becoming extinct, so the more we can do to highlight the issues that they are facing in the wild the better. This experience is very different from any other that we offer here at Newquay Zoo and we hope it will prove very popular. The feedback we have received so far has been really positive.”

In the wild Sulawesi black crested macaque live only on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The animal is hunted for food and is often kept as a pet. Newquay Zoo supports Selamatkan Yaki, a programme that aims to help save these rare monkeys in the wild. Over the past 30 years they have faced a decline in population of as much as 90% and as a result have been classed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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