Oklahoma City Zoo has open a new building called the Zooseum, filled with history of the zoo. Included is this interactive diorama of the old "Monkey Island" exhibit at the zoo. What an incredible idea!!!
In 1935 "Monkey Island" was built by the WPA, and the sunken ship was 80 feet long and came with a 17 foot mast for the primates to climb on. The underground quarters even had a heating system, which was fairly revolutionary for its time. Initially the island featured 35 rhesus monkeys, and in 1936 5 ring-tailed lemurs were briefly added to the exhibit. The lemurs eventually were removed because they bullied the monkeys. In 1998 "Monkey Island" was demolished/dismantled by the zoo.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Posted by Wade G. Burck