Today, the chimps ate a LOT of vegetables.
Last Thursday, we received a generous donation of fresh veggies from Logan’s Casual Restaurant in nearby Roslyn. We also received our regular produce delivery on that same day, doubling our usual weekly supply and packing our refrigerators! Ever since, we’ve been practically shoveling greens out into the chimpanzee enclosures to make the most of this windfall.
At CSNW, we’re generally conservative with high-calorie foods that could quickly lead to harmful weight gain among the chimps. (The exceptions to this rule occur during celebrations- like last week’s Love a Chimpanzee Day– and the rare occasions when we’re desperate to get an ill or injured chimpanzee to take meds.) Still, there are certain food items that we dole out quite freely, with spring greens, lettuce, cabbage and kale being some of the most common. Fortunately, iceberg and romaine lettuce are among the residents’ favorite foods, sometimes stealing the spotlight from staple fruits like apples and bananas. We have even been throwing in asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower (with mixed reactions from the chimps). Despite their skepticism towards these crunchy and fibrous foods, the chimps seem to be warming up to them now that they’re seeing them regularly.
Here are some photos of Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, Missy and Negra enjoying today’s lunch menu of greens and chow, scattered across the grassy lawn of Young’s Hill. Of course, we served Honey B, Mave and Willy B an equally amazing spread in one of their new playrooms while the painters worked on the exterior walls of the new enclosures.
Jody & Missy: