Monthly Archives: July 2014

Observing Mandrills today and undeniably they put on a show.

Honeslty I am sitting and trying to write a smart and witty description to go along with this video but the content speaks for itself. There was a family of Mandrills. There was an adorable baby that was performing stunts as though it was training for the next Olympic Gymnast Gold. Then there was the second part where you just have to watch. All I can currently say about this video is that it is equal parts both highly entertaining and sligtly disturbing.

Sidenote: If you do not wish to see the disturbing(which it may be for some humans)- stop watching at 1:33.


The one Orangutan fact that blew me off the branch….and I’m not that easily shaken off it.


Here it is: ORANGUTANS.LOVE.CHICKEN. Yes, chicken. Boiled. Skinless. CHICKEN.

But the  preferences don’t stop at just that- Sumatran Orangutans will eat only white meat, while Borneos have a penchant for thighs. This honestly, was news to me. I was so astonished by this revelation provided to me by the orangutan keeper I was working with that I almost nicked my finger with the kitchen knife ( preparing lunch for the Loris and Galagos). I knew that primates were indeed far from vegetarians ( almost excluding Gorillas, which devour mostly greens by the pounds, another interesting tidbit). BUT ORANGUTANS?! CHICKEN?!Go figure.

I’m still digesting that information…





Plushy-the Slow Loris that quickly became my favorite resident at the Moscow Zoo.


Cant tell if Plushy is practicing to audition for the opera or just really enjoying his lunch. I swear animals provide the best entertainment, I know no such thing as “bored at work” .

Meet Kumba -the Alpha Mandrill at the Moscow Zoo.


Chillin alpha mandrill style

Chillin AlphaMandrillStyle.

Brown mantled tamarins running around me freely in a garden… pinch me I’m dreaming…

Worked hard in proving that Im not a completely worthless human being and was given the chance to take on the “Winter Garden” of the Moscow Zoo. Two Brown Mantled tamarins were running free up in the garden (I really love my life currently) but were quite cautious of coming close to me. So I stood silent and motionless for two minutes too see if one would come down and my tactic worked. Though he kept a safe distance (naturally) curiosity got the best of the braver of the two and I got to get a closer look at this absolutely adorable bear-like primate. The chirping sounds you hear are not birds in the background, but actually coming from the tamarins, who are known to have several distinct vocalizations which they use to communicate with each other. I found it interesting (as I have witnessed the different sounds of a Cotton Top Tamarin (picture below), that there is a slight. yet distinct variation in the tone of voice between the two.

tamarinCOTTON -TOP TAMARIN (Saguinus oedipus


Also, since I was given the task of “Improvement of Living conditions” , i.e cleaning their cages, I thought it would be a good idea to also give a nice touch of dew to the various plants that were in the garden, creating a “Rainforest after  spring shower climate” by slightly misting the plants with my hose. Let me tell you- the difference in the air was quite noticeable- fresher, slightly humid, just as though I was transported straight in to the Amazon, minus the countless mosquitos and snakes.

Backstage at the zoo with a mandrill alpha male.


Honestly its unfair to some how cool my job is.