Christmas goes to the monkeys

Mum Zombi and daughter Zuri enjoy a Christmas-themed ice block. Photo: Dave Mattner
Mum Zombi and daughter Zuri enjoy a Christmas-themed ice block. Photo: Dave Mattner
Tsotsi and Gombe smile for the camera. Photo: Dave Mattner

Tsotsi and Gombe smile for the camera. Photo: Dave Mattner

Soona ponders over the presents. Photo: Dave Mattner

Soona ponders over the presents. Photo: Dave Mattner

Zombi and Zuri. Photo: Dave Mattner

Zombi and Zuri. Photo: Dave Mattner

Alpha male, Tsotsi, tucks into a treat. Photo: Dave Mattner

Alpha male, Tsotsi, tucks into a treat. Photo: Dave Mattner

Female Zwala can't decide which to open first. Photo: Dave Mattner

Female Zwala can't decide which to open first. Photo: Dave Mattner

Zombi and Zwala inspect the presents. Photo: Dave Mattner

Zombi and Zwala inspect the presents. Photo: Dave Mattner

Zookeepers at Monarto Zoo in South Australia have delivered a sleigh load of Christmas presents to the zoo's troop of chimpanzees.

The brightly coloured paper mache Christmas presents were filled with festive treats fit for, well, a chimp.

For the group’s youngest member, Zuri, this is her first Christmas celebration and marks a milestone in her development, according to primate zookeeper, Jon Allon. 

“Zuri’s hit a few milestones recently," he said.

"She’s standing on her own now and is trying to crawl away from mum, Zombi. Zombi is still quite protective and always has a firm grasp on her as she begins to explore her surroundings and the other chimps."