TACOMA, Wash. – Primates hoot and holler, swing arm-over-arm through their exhibits, and groom each other. They’re fascinating to watch, and the spotlight will be on them during Primate Party on August 6-7 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
The Zoo’s Asian Forest Sanctuary is home to two siamangs – one black, one white – and two white-cheeked gibbons.
Black lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs, and ring-tailed lemurs can be found in Kids’ Zone, where they show off their acrobatic skills and long, fluffy tails that help them balance in the trees.
Primate Party is a celebration of primates around the world. During this special weekend, visitors are invited to watch as the zoo’s resident primates receive an assortment of special enrichment treats and toys.
Enrichments improve an animal’s quality of life by creating a more stimulating environment and encouraging species-typical behaviors.
During Primate Party, gibbons and siamangs will receive enrichments full of nuts and berries. Meanwhile, lemurs will beat the heat by licking flavored ice blocks.
Keeper Talks throughout both days will give visitors a chance to learn about the personalities and unique adaptations of these interesting creatures.
In the wild, lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa. The species of lemurs represented at the Zoo range from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List assessment. Wild lemurs are threatened by habitat loss due to firewood and charcoal production in the forests of Madagascar.
All Primate Party activities are free with admission or membership.
Learn more about Primate Party at www.pdza.org.