Monkeying around at aquarium

Feliz the cotton topped tamarin at Blue Reef Aquarium.

Feliz the cotton topped tamarin at Blue Reef Aquarium.

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Little monkeys will be the centre of attention at an award winning attraction over the Easter holidays.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is holding ‘Monkey Mayhem’ – a series of monkey-themed events and activities – from April 4 to 11.

The attraction, on Grand Parade, is home to a colony of miniature New World monkeys including marmosets and tamarins as part of their Amazing Amazon feature.

In addition to daily monkey feeds and question and answer sessions, visitors will be able to complete fun monkey quiz sheets and colour in their own monkey pictures.

There will be a monkey fact trail around Amazing Amazon along with information from WWF, the Woodland Trust and Rainforest Concern about ways to help protect the world’s rainforests.

Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells said: “Amazing Amazon is definitely one of our most popular features. This event will allow visitors to find out more about our resident colonies in a fun and entertaining way.”

Amazing Amazon is a spectacular display based on the tropical rainforests including a selection of freshwater rainforest fish species alongside realistic planting and a waterfall and is home to a colony of rescued monkeys including marmosets and tamarins.

As well as Monkey Mayhem, visitors will be able to enjoy daily talks, feeds and demonstrations throughout the aquarium and outside in their Seal Cove display which is home to family of harbour seals and California sea lions.