Category Archives: Primates

Following in his father’s footsteps….

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Kodak moment: Orangutan family edition.

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Orangutan mother embraces her child. That look in her eyes…


Baby gorilla watchin’

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Monkey manners and manipulations…

An interesting tidbit:

Monkey etiquette dictates that nobody attacks someone holding a baby.

10262133_10152126205328325_8035688103525755765_nIt has been registered (for instance , in gelada herds) that primates will grab an infant during  a sticky situation of confrontation and use a baby as a shield.

Such behaviour is fascinating, as pushing back our bias of baby exploitation, we recognize that this is actually a well thought-out strategy, and the very fact that are capable of such unconventional problem solving and manipulation only further demonstrates the complex composition of the monkey mind.


Plushy getting the preferential treatment.

Yes, I know I could just leave the bowl in his enclosure and he can eat all by himself – but watching him go face first in his fruits just warms my heart, and in life , moments like that are rare so why pass them up ?

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Yes, I know I could just leave the bowl in his enclosure and he can eat all by himself – but watching him go face first in his fruits just warms my heart, and in life , moments like that are rare so why pass them up ?


Heeey Timon :)

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

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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…