A recent news article about Brooklands Zoo. "Brooklands Zoo prepares animals for a chilly winter Just like humans can get colds, monkeys can too, so Brooklands Zoo has been preparing our primate cousins for the winter. Adapting their living areas and diets while in captivity is important to ensure they survive the colder months. Pukekura Park curator Chris Connolly said the general rule for getting the park and all the animals ready was making sure their sleeping areas were well heated. "It's not so much about changing things up too much, but about making warmer areas available" "That way they can sort of self manage their own temperature by moving to the UV lamp when they're cold." Connolly said the zoo staff also altered the animal's diet slightly in some cases to account for a seasonal change they would have in the wild. "Our three tamarin monkeys for example receive more vitamin C, because they get colds like humans do," he said. "The UV light is also there because they don't produce vitamin D, which they normally get from sunlight, on their own, which is good for their coats." With tamarins now critically endangered, keeping them happy and well enough to breed was a big concern for the zoo. Other animals such as the blue-tongued lizards, otters, six capuchin and five squirrel monkeys all received either heated dens, or UV lamps to ride out the winter. One blue-tongued lizard at the zoo, named Kaawa, received a 60 watt upgrade in his sun lamp for the winter as well as being allowed his UV light on all night. "We still offer him the same amount of food but he tends to eat less in winter anyway," Connolly said. The two short-clawed South China otters the zoo houses also received a UV lamp as well as some extra straw to cuddle up in for those extra cold nights. "Although the otters weren't born in China, they were born here, we still need the option for them if they do get cold." "Mostly though they just use it in the morning or huddle up together." link to full article here Brooklands Zoo prepares animals for a chilly winter | Stuff.co.nz I have only been to Brooklands Zoo once as an adult, about 5 years ago. It is located in Pukekura Park and is run by the local Council. Free Entry. It is a nice little Zoo. I recall going there several times as a child, and seeing several Chimps in a barren concrete cage. (this was in the early 1970's.) Does anyone know where these chimps originated or what happened to them?