Today we messed with the chimpanzees’ routine. There is a tall structure in the greenhouse that needed some repair, so the chimpanzees weren’t able to get outside until J.B. and volunteer Chad finished their fix-it job.
All morning, Burrito alternated between his Tasmanian devil self and his adorable playful self.
Lest you think the change in routine or lack of outdoor access caused his Tasmanian devil self to appear, allow me to elaborate to explain that on pretty much any given day, Burrito alternates between these two extremes.
I only got a picture of the later, but you might be able to see a twinkle of mischief in those eyes.
Don’t let him fool you.
When the greenhouse (and the raceway that leads to the large outdoor habitat) was ready to be occupied by chimpanzees again, we decided to take advantage of the unusually warm weather and provide the chimps with a dinner forage outside. We spread and hid whole tomatoes, pieces of watermelon, and mini sweet peppers all over the enclosure.
Much to our delight, Queen Negra was as eager as everyone else to get outside.
Negra is not one to choose to exert much energy, but apparently the whole tomatoes were worth stretching to get:
Jamie utilized the coolest anatomical feature that separates chimpanzees from humans – opposable toes – to carry a tomato as she continued her foraging:
Jody demonstrated the large capacity of her lips by carrying three peppers stacked on top of one another other:
And now the chimpanzees are back inside, quiet as ever while making their blanket nests, to take a restful sleep and wake up tomorrow to another day of sanctuary life.