Wortham World of Primates is your chance to see some of the world’s most fascinating and intelligent creatures up close and personal. Nestled in a natural setting, walk down the winding boardwalk to see a wide variety of threatened and endangered primates, including lemurs, mandrills, mangabeys, siamangs, howler monkeys, tamarins, and more. Observe the animals along the way as they interact with each other, play with toys and treats provided by zoo keepers, and exhibit behaviors that they do in the wild. As you near the end of your walk, be sure not to miss the orangutans enjoying their play structure. You can even get face to face with an orangutan as you watch each other through the glass!
Behind the Scenes
Meet Amy Amy enjoys working with the primates and takes pride in her responsibilities as a keeper. You may not see her around Zoo grounds, but behind the scenes, she is hard at work!
Meet Diane Diane works hard to ensure the primates receive top quality care. Between preparing diets, cleaning exhibits, and many other tasks, Diane is never bored (she never has time!).
Meet Meredith Meredith is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University. She’s been a primate keeper at the Houston Zoo for 2 years.
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Did You Know?
A howler monkey’s vocalization can be heard up to 3 miles away!
Habitat loss and hunting have severely threatened orangutans to the point of obtaining an endangered status.
Lemurs are prosimians, not monkeys – this word comes from Latim, meaning “before monkey” (pro simian)