Chester Zoo unveiled a new home for its orangutans and gibbons on Saturday (January 23).

The exhibit, part of Islands, the UK’s biggest ever zoological development, has been designed by the zoo’s primate keepers, conservationists and specialist architects from Germany.

The 3,607m sq exhibit houses some of the world’s most endangered primates. Conservation experts estimate that fewer than 6,500 Sumatran orangutans and less than 4,500 silvery gibbons are left in the wild.

Curator of mammals Tim Rowlands said: "Without vital conservation efforts, Sumatran orangutans and silvery gibbons could both become extinct in the near future. We just hope that this fantastic new environment at the zoo will encourage visitors to learn more about these stunning species and the long-term conservation efforts we’re involved with to try and protect them for the future."

The new occupants will include Sumatran orangutans Tripa, Tuti, Indah, Emma, Subis, Puluh and Siska and the family of silvery gibbons, are joined in Chester Zoo’s Islands by other newcomers including green crested lizards, mountain horned dragons and endangered spiny hill turtles, species also hailing from South East Asia.

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