Happy smile of The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus).

Explore the Wortham World of Primates at the Houston Zoo

If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, head to the Houston Zoo where you can explore the Wortham World of Primates. This fascinating exhibit gives visitors a chance to enjoy an up-close look at some of the most intelligent animals on the globe.

The animals demonstrate the same behaviors they do in the wild. You won’t want to miss these primates at the Houston Zoo:

Patas Monkey

Found in the grass and scrub regions of West and Central Africa, patas monkeys are identified by their shaggy fur and white mustaches. They generally live in troops made up of one male and a half-dozen females and her young. Interestingly, the dominant female is the leader. These animals are the fastest of all primates. They can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour. And in the wild, their lifespan is about 20 years.


Known as the largest arboreal mammal, orangutans have a flattened nose and sparse reddish fur. With arms longer than their legs, they very easily roam among the trees. They generally move by climbing or walking. Orangutans usually eat fruit, and in some wild populations, they use small sticks to probe tree trunks in search of honey and other food.

Ring-tailed Lemur

Named for the alternating black and white bands on their tail, ring-tailed lemurs spend forty percent of their time on the ground, unlike other lemur species. These animals are native to southwestern Madagascar and are one of the most vocal primates. They make a soft purr when making contact with their young. And they make a territorial howl that reaches more than a half-mile away.

Zoo Lights

Also, now through January 13, you can experience some holiday cheer at Zoo Lights! It’s the perfect event to visit the various animal species while enjoying special drinks, dining, and more.Plan ahead by purchasing your tickets here.

The Houston Zoo is just one of the many outdoor attractions around our apartments in Houston, TX. If you would like to call our community home, please contact us to arrange a private showing.

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