Monkey’s in full swing at Queensland Museum

17 July 2018

The jungle is coming to Queensland Museum in the latest exhibition, Monkeys! A Primate Story, which will bring visitors closer to their primate cousins when it swings into action on Saturday 29 September.

Tickets are now on sale for this Australian exclusive exhibition, direct from National Museums Scotland, featuring more than 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.

Queensland Museum Network Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the taxidermy was specially commissioned for the exhibition, which is the first to show primates behaving as if they were in the wild.

“This family friendly exhibition will give visitors the chance to stand shoulder to shoulder with our closest living relatives and discover how different primates move and communicate; play and interact and how they have evolved and adapted over time,” Dr Thompson said.

“It also examines the relationship between humans and primates, including the ways in which many species are threatened with extinction through the impact of habitat loss and hunting.”

Monkeys! A Primate Story is definitely one for all the family, children will be particularly captivated by the hands-on, interactive elements including a display where you fish for termites like a chimpanzee; and digital interactives, which allows you to design a primate or visit a 'monkey supermarket' to pick out food.

Presented within an immersive, multi-sensory and specimen-rich environment, the exhibition brings innovative taxidermy to life and invites visitors to meet both their primate ancestors and today’s apes and monkeys.

Principal Curator Vertebrate Biology, Dr Andrew Kitchener from National Museums Scotland said visitors will enjoy an unrivalled opportunity to learn about the diversity of the primate family and to see them up close.

“We are all primates but how much do we really know about this fascinating animal group? Monkeys! A Primate Story is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and the first of its kind,” Dr Kitchener said.

“Visitors can enjoy an unrivalled opportunity to learn about the diversity of the primate family and to see them up close. They are also able to learn about the impact our choices have on primate livelihood and what we can do to protect them.”

Step in to the jungle and come face-to-face with some of our closest living relatives and explore the four different exhibition themes:

• What is a primate? Primate Features and Missing Links – Who are our ancestors?
• Adapted for Life: On the Move and Finding Food
• Social Climbers: Senses and Communication and Family Life
• Primates Today: Living with People, Emerging Diseases and Lab Primates and Endangered species.

Monkeys! A Primate Story is a travelling exhibition from National Museums Scotland and Nomad Exhibitions, and will be on display at the Queensland Museum from 29 September 2018 to 28 January 2019.

Tickets on sale now at Children under 5 FREE and Adults at children’s prices only $12.

Kylie Hay (07) 3842 9388 | 0434 565 852
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Notes for media: It is important to note that no monkeys were harmed for this exhibition. The primates came from zoos and all were natural casualties which died in captivity. Sustainability and protecting endangered primates is a strong theme throughout and a key visitor takeaway.