Group visits to ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
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Monkeys go bananas for Valentine’s banquet

Keepers at Longleat threw caution to the wind when they laid on a special romantic banquet treat for their troop of mischievous macaque monkeys in the run up to Valentine’s Day.

The candlelit dinner included a variety of traditionally romantic dishes like melon, avocado, asparagus, strawberries and pomegranates as well as grapes and bananas.

However, perhaps unsurprisingly, the monkeys proved to be less into romance and more interested in mayhem as the carefully-prepared banquet table was rapidly laid bare in an orgy of simian excess.

The monkeys are part of more than 100 rhesus macaques at Longleat Safari Park who normally spend their days leaping from car to car, hitching free rides on the thousands of vehicles that pass through their enclosure each day.

Found throughout south east Asia and across the Indian subcontinent rhesus monkeys thrive in a wide variety of habitats and climates.

Rhesus monkeys are extremely intelligent, naturally inquisitive animals which can learn to manipulate simple tools and distinguish colours and shapes.

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