MONKEYS at a popular zoo can compete to see who is king of the swingers now a new open air enclosure has been unveiled.
Five emperor tamarins - small new world monkeys from Central and South America – can leap above the heads of visitors at Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, in the open air exhibit.
Their name originates from their distinctive curly white moustache which reminded explorers of the German ruler Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Tony Dobbs, team leader of primates at the zoo, said the exhibit is the ‘first of its kind’ at the zoo.
He said: “The exhibit was designed with the species in mind so we don’t have to worry about the monkeys getting away.
“They’re a family unit and won’t move away from the rest of the group. In the wild they would avoid the forest floor due to predators.
“Their new exhibit is a positive step towards mimicking their environment in the wild.”