We’ve talked a lot about the introductions of Honey B’s and Lucky’s groups on the blog over the last few months. After opening the last door 12 days ago, we have been watching as they sort out their social dynamics and build the trust needed to be a cohesive group. It is still very early in the process and we cannot pretend to know what the future will bring, but we can have hope! A common phrase heard almost daily throughout the chimp house, along with talking about how proud we are of the 9 chimpanzees, is- so far so good!
Integrating the two groups provides multiple benefits to everyone, with a key benefit being an increase in social partners. Each person now has eight other individuals they can choose to hang out with (or not), which provides increased opportunities for friendship, play, and all the other benefits that can come from having a bigger social group. As they figure out their place in the new social structure, we have been able to watch new friendships form and bonds strengthen. Some of these have been surprising (go, Mave!) and some have been more expected based on previous smaller introductions.
Today, I was able to catch an amazing moment of play between Honey B and Rayne on camera. It was lunchtime, they weren’t at the meal, and when we went looking for them we couldn’t help but smile. 🙂 Check out the video to see why!
At last, Rayne presents a perfect play-face at the Circus of the Silly Simian Sisters.
A perfect description, Tobin! It’s so charming and heartwarming to watch them! It’s wonderful they have a space in which to be “silly” and sisterly with each other.
What uplifting fun and enrichment (for them, for caregivers, and for me in watching!). It’s so heartwarming to see the different combinations of friendships and playmates forming. I’m sure more will continue to over time. Hooray for the stalwart staff’s patience and perseverance and for the process of the social groups combining as they are. I’m so grateful to have this entire community as a part of my life! It never ceases to amaze…
As Tobin pointed out, Rayne’s relaxed play face says it all. What a couple of goofballs! I’m so happy for them.
Thank you Grace, this is good to see and I’ll keep crossing my fingers for a happy outcome.
How great it is to see the two eldest sisters ( I was surprized to find out Honey B. is the older one..!) of the 3 bonding and finding each other…
From my blog perspective I see the similarity in goofyness and being cheecky and clever; in this video I can clearly see that they are sisters.
I am very happy to know that Honey B. is making new friends.