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Philadelphia Zoo Installs Tubes To Allow Primates To Play Nearer To Visitors

(The new "Treetop Trails" at the Philadelphia Zoo.  Photos by Karin Phillips)

(The new “Treetop Trails” at the Philadelphia Zoo. Photos by Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A new exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo will bring the visitors even closer to the animals.

Zoo officials and visitors applauded as “Storm,” a red-capped mangaby from West Africa, became the first primate to travel “Treetop Trails,” a new system of chain-link tubes that allows some of the zoo’s primates to travel around and above the visitors.

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“Animals will be walking around, looking at the people standing there, rather than the people walking around looking at the animals,” says Dick Farris, a member of the zoo’s board of directors.  “I think that’s a great turn of events, and I think the animals are going to really love the new facility,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Treetop Trails now encircles Impala Plaza at the zoo, and officials are looking at perhaps expanding the innovative system in the future.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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