New Chimpanzee Eden Now Open
Immerse yourself into the curious world of chimpanzees as you’re transported to the jungle in their brand new habitat!
Discover the chimpanzees in an outstanding new home that has been purposely designed to replicate the wild environment and more suited to the species husbandry needs.
Look on in amazement from spectacular vantage points of the multi-storey building as the chimpanzees move, interact and play. Watch and learn as the chimps make their way through the 1,160sqm semi-translucent habitat, spanning three stories high, complete with outdoor climbing frames.
Watch them tackle puzzles in areas specially designed for scientists and visitors alike to learn about the cognitive abilities of one of our closest living relatives. With indoor and outdoor spaces to roam and explore, the habitat comes complete with special hidden spots where children can get sneaky peaks at the animals from closer than ever before.
Providing outstanding facilities for both animal welfare, research, education and visitors, Chimpanzee Eden promises an outstanding experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Dr Sharon Redrobe, CEO says “We have housed chimpanzees since our inception in 1963. Back then, many of the chimpanzees were socially naïve, having been hand-reared and maintained in very small social units. Our dedicated team has since spent several years ‘re-wilding’ the chimps into larger social groups through award-winning introduction programmes, where the chimps had to learn how to interact with more individuals in a more complex social context.
“It has always been a long-term aim for us to house all our chimps in one place, as we want our animals to be living and behaving as closely to how they would in the wild. We place a strong emphasis on creating natural habitats for our animals to live in and Chimpanzee Eden has been designed with this in mind, whilst also providing a space for our chimps to interact together in a new larger enclosure.”