Monthly Archives: March 2014

“Old Grey”

In a troop of 40 macaques, this elder female still reigns supreme.
Though she gently takes the pear tree leaves from my hand (Note to all : NEVER HAND FEED A WILD ANIMAL, NO MATTER HOW CUTE AND FLUFFY/TAME IT LOOKS ), the battle scars on her delicate withered face tell a story of struggle to stay on the top of the group hierarchy.
Complying to standard conduct, the others of the troop are observing her in this moment from a distance, not daring to come closer, knowing the consequences of intruding upon the alpha female’s first reap of goods.


Survival of the (not so) fittest

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One of the residents of the baby monkey daycare, the inhabitants of which are infants who , for various unfortunate  reasons, are no longer in the care of their mothers.

Although having undergone a transradial (forearm ) amputation at such an early age , this  infant macaque  had learned to live with his condition , not falling behind on acquiring skills such as climbing and swinging off branches , which he enjoys to do.

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You go baby monkey.


Baby Hamadryas Baboon.

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Less on the stress…

Primates have excellent immune systems,  (for instance the chimpanzees being  seemingly  immune to Malaria), but sometimes stress alone can be fatal to a monkey .

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