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Spider Monkeys



Play enrichment:

The enclosure will be fitted with mist hoses in summer to allow the spider monkeys the opportunity to play in the water if there are no water restrictions in place. They are also given access to musical instruments!


Social enrichment:

Clicker training is being done with the Spider Monkeys by their Curator Katherine and Keepers Armstrong and Freddy, along with Jessica Prinsloo from COAPE SA. The Spider monkeys are very receptive to training and enjoy these sessions tremendously.


Cognitive enrichment:

Drilled logs filled with Purity, yoghurt or jams and sealed with a raisin are provided weekly. The Spider Monkeys use their long fingers to tease the treats out and this keeps them busy for hours on end. They also receive stuffed tennis balls and wooden puzzle toys filled with their favourite treats. These are rotated on a weekly basis to keep them interesting.


Sensory enrichment:

In their enclosure, you will see stacks of hay tied together scattered around, hanging from trees or their jungle gym on certain days. These scented stacks provide sensory enrichment to keep them busy. Like Mokoko, they also have wind chimes in their enclosure, and are given herb bunches weekly to chew and smell. One of the long term projects for the Spider Monkeys include building a pond, with suspended ropes hanging over it which will promote play, exploration and social interaction.


Food enrichment.

The Spider Monkeys are given hanging bucket feeders several times a week. They also have a fire hose feeder in their jungle gym, where food is hidden on a daily basis, and they are given whole fruit or vegetables like pumpkins suspended from the roof of their enclosure. In summer, the Spider Monkeys are given frozen ice blocks with fruit and juice layers, which they enjoy for hours.

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