Monkey business at the Peoria Zoo

By WEEK Reporter

June 30, 2014 Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 9:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The cotton-headed tamarin monkeys from Central America are getting an upgrade at the Peoria Zoo.

The old exhibits were small and closed in by glass. The new exhibits are bigger and better.

"It's higher up. They're a lot more active. They're jumping through treetops and that is what tamarins are meant to do," Peoria Zoo director Yvonne Strode said. "We developed a lot more graphics so people can learn about them and know ways to help them."

The cotton-headed tamarin monkeys are one of the most endangered animals in the world.

The zoo staff is still deciding what to do with the old exhibit.

One idea is a retirement home for aging meerkats.

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