Colobus monkeys live in the forests and lowlands of Africa. Unfortunately, the primates are prized by hunters who sell their beautiful fur for use in dance costumes, hats, and capes, which has led to the species’ extinction in some areas. In other regions, the monkeys are endangered due to habitat loss as human populations and development grow.
The new colobus monkey habitat at the Good Zoo at Oglebay will be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums as a Species Survival Plan Program. The habitat will feature a training area where keepers use positive reinforcement to teach the monkeys to interact with humans. The design will allow for year-round viewing both indoors and outdoors, and keeper-facilitated animal encounters during which guests can interact with one of their favorite zoo animals.
The existing outdoor playground will be modified to enable children to exercise and enjoy playground structures immediately adjacent to the colobus monkey habitat. This close proximity will promote interactive play and learning experiences for monkeys and guests alike.