Monkey Pavilion

Goeldi's monkey photo

Lots of Monkeying Around.

Discover a variety of monkeys and smaller primate species, many of which are threatened or endangered in their natural habitats. In addition, enjoy a surprise view of Hoffman’s two-toed sloths hanging around overhead by the front (west) entrance. On nice days, watch for the sloths as they may be traveling above you along ropes outside, or indulging in some of their favorite foods, like green beans or lettuce!

You may see:

  • Black and white ruffed lemurs
  • Black howler monkeys
  • Black mangabeys
  • Goeffroy’s marmosets
  • Goeldi’s monkeys
  • Hoffman’s two-toed sloth
  • Lar gibbons
  • Ring-tailed lemurs
  • White-cheeked gibbons
  • Wolf’s guenon

Hoffman's two-toed sloth photo

Monkey Pavilion is one of the Zoo’s historic landmarks, opening in 1942, it was originally constructed to house the Zoo’s big cats. But, as Zoo animal husbandry techniques evolved, it was decided that this building was not an adequate home for the cats.

In 1995, the Zoo demolished its old Monkey House, located in the area where Lodge at Moose Lake now stands, and transferred the monkeys and smaller primates to the renovated cat house, now known as the Monkey Pavilion. And with the opening of Asian Highlands soon after, the Zoo’s Asian cats moved to a more naturalistic, spacious habitats.

Find out when Monkey Pavilion animal shows and talks happen!