Aquarium to go monkey mad for Bank Holiday

There will be plenty of monkeying around at an aquarium this weekend.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is going monkey mad for the May Bank Holiday weekend – May 1 to 4.

Visitors will even have the chance to choose a name for the North Tyneside wildlife attraction’s newest arrival, a female common marmoset.

They will also be able to create special enrichment toys for the resident group of miniature monkeys and take part in a dozen daily talks, feeding demonstrations and workshops.

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Rosie Wiggin said: “We’re inviting people to come up with a name for our new female common marmoset, who arrived earlier this month.

“They can use the Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth Facebook page, Twitter, or leave their name ideas at reception.

“The contest will be held throughout the weekend and all the suggested names will be looked over by the Blue Reef team and a top five chosen. On Monday, guests will be able to vote for their favourite from this list and a winner will be announced.

“There will be a mystery monkey-related prize for the winning name suggestion.”

Visitors of all ages will also be able to help make fun, enriching monkey toys.

“Throughout the day, keepers provide different enrichment devices to enhance the lives of our monkeys at Blue Reef,” said Rosie.

“Guests can help with making a device that will be given to the monkeys later on the same day. Guests will learn how we use some natural behaviours of monkeys, like foraging or using tools, to design toys for our animals,” she added.

The aquarium 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.