Taking photos of chimpanzees in captivity can be a challenge. For human and chimpanzee safety, caregivers never go in the enclosures with the chimps. Since we can’t share the same space as the chimps, staff take all the blog photos and videos through a mesh or wire barrier that separates us from the chimpanzees and vice versa.
Fortunately, Diana wrote an easy to reference blog a couple of years ago to answer the question “Why are the Chimps in Cages?”
An added challenge to taking photos of the chimps is the chimps themselves…
We might see special moments like Burrito carrying a Dora doll in his mouth and sitting in a well-lit window. We run to get the camera, then of course, as he sees us coming, he demands a game of chase rather than a photo shoot.
And the new 3 are often too close to the camera because they love looking at screens. So sometimes it’s safer to point and shoot without looking in the view finder and see what the camera focuses on.