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The Erie Zoo Opens New Habitat and Welcomes New Species

Posted on July 20th, 2022 at 8:35 AM
The Erie Zoo Opens New Habitat and Welcomes New Species

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The Erie Zoo Opens New Habitat and Welcomes New Species


Erie, PA – On Wednesday, July 20th the Erie Zoo announced the grand opening of the Hilbert Family Primate Habitat. The new space in the heart of the zoo currently features two Eastern black and white colobus monkeys with zoo officials planning to feature additional species in the near future.


“We are so proud to be able to help the Erie Zoo bring this exciting new project to life”, said John Hilbert Sr., Erie Zoological Society Board Member. “This habitat will be one that families throughout the region can enjoy for years to come.” 


The project features several viewing opportunities including the animals’ indoor play area, an outdoor viewing panel, and an elevated platform funded in memory of Benjamin David Hynes. The space also features a large patio adjacent to the animal area designed for private rentals, including weddings and parties, and will be open to the public when not reserved.  Hilbert added: “The patio is a fantastic addition to the project and the fact that the zoo will be able to use it to generate much needed revenue is a great bonus.”


Eastern black and white colobus monkeys, known for their black and white coats and long beautiful tails, are native to equatorial Africa and are the most arboreal monkeys on the continent. The new habitat is designed to provide multiple climbing features and platform heights both inside and out. The new area can be viewed and enjoyed during regular zoo hours daily.


The Erie Zoo is dedicated to nurturing an appreciation of the world and providing the Erie community with meaningful educational and recreational experiences that foster a greater sense of awareness, stewardship and conservation of animals and plants. The Erie Zoo is open daily from 10am to 5pm. More information can be found at 




For information about renting the private patio adjacent to the Hilbert Family Primate Habitat please contact