Year of the Primates

The Magnetic Hill Zoo is the leader in education and conservation action in Atlantic Canada.  Join us in learning about and supporting primate species in 2021!

The Magnetic Hill Zoo is the leader in education and conservation action in Atlantic Canada.  Join us in learning about and supporting primate species in 2021 by;

  • Visiting our primate species at the Zoo including the new Siamang apes,
  • Supporting this year’s primate conservation project.

Later this year, you can look forward to

  • Viewing the squirrel monkeys in their new indoor building (fall season)
Colobus monkey

Magnetic Hill Zoo's Primate Species

  • Black and white ruffed lemur
  • Colobus monkey
  • Common marmoset
  • Ring tailed lemur
  • Siamang ape
  • Squirrel monkey
  • White handed gibbon

For the 2021 Year of the Primate theme, we have chosen to support the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG).

The MFG is an international group of zoos, aquarium, botanical gardens, and universities who work together to save biodiversity in Madagascar through conservation programs, research, education, and capacity building. 

The MFG’s conservation programs provide care and welfare for lemur species of Madagascar. One program has also prepared captive bred black and white lemurs for successful reintroduction into the wilds of Madagascar. 

There are three black and white ruffed lemurs living at the Magnetic Hill Zoo. Their names are Lily, Oliver, and Ivy and their habitat is located in the African section of the zoo near the Watusi and Barbary sheep.

During your next visit, you can help by;

  • Placing your donation in the new donation bin located at the Primate centre near the playground; 
  • Purchasing select primate stuffed toys from the Zoo’s gift shop.

A portion of the proceeds from this donation bin and the stuffed toys sales will be given to the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group.

MFG logo & stuffies

 

Siamang ape

How you can help

Did you know that habitat loss is the biggest threat to the endangered Siamang ape? You can help protect the habitats of Siamangs and many other species by:

  • Reducing your use of paper products at home, school and work.
  • Choosing to buy paper products with the Forest Stewardship Council logo. All products with the FSC logo indicate that it was made with 100% recycled materials or the materials were harvested using sustainable practices.
  • Buying candy that contains palm oil made by companies that harvest it in a sustainable way.