Often when we set up a forage outside on Young’s Hill, we set aside a small bowl of food for Negra in case she doesn’t want to go outside. Though she’s become more at ease on Young’s Hill over the years, she doesn’t spend nearly as much time out there as the other chimps, and she’s far more likely to get spooked while outside. Even now, seven years after Young’s Hill opened, you’ll hear excited caregivers announcing “Neggie’s outside!” over the radio on the occasions when Negra pushes herself out of her comfort zone.
For today’s lunch forage, Negra not only ventured out but led the group onto the hill.
With Burrito (foreground) and Annie (background):
With Burrito (foreground):