Chimp enclosure, Monarto Zoo, South Australia
Monarto Zoo near my home town of Murray Bridge in South Australia is only about a ten minute drive from home. It is a part of the Adelaide Zoo and only about a 40 minute drive down the south eastern freeway from the capital city. Monarto is an open range zoo. It has many walking trails through the large zoo, the largest of its type in the world. Shuttle buses take visitors on guided tours through the various large enclosures. These stop at certain spots along the tracks so that visitors can get close up views of the animals.
Earlier this year a new, elaborate enclosure opened for a group of chimpanzees (see photos). On my most recent visit the chimps were already in the building and were almost ready to go into their night quarters. Consequently I didn’t get any good shots of the animals themselves. Always a good excuse to go back for another visit! Instead I have included below several photos of their outdoor activity area.