The season of grass snacking has begun! Yesterday afternoon, Elizabeth and I caught Negra sitting on the Young’s Hill picking handful after handful. It’s a little early for the full bounty of wild plants to appear, so we still get to look forward to the time when we find her further up the hill, picking mouthfuls of prickly lettuce. This morning the Queen wandered outside, just so she could take in the view from her usual outdoor platform. We can’t get enough!
Missy Chimpanzee, AKA Little Miss
Favorite foods: TOMATOES! 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅!!
Special talents: Speed demon, master politician, tight rope walker
Favorite place to nap: Up high on a platform, usually close to Annie
Favorite activities: Sprinting on Young’s Hill, eating tomatoes, and playing with friends
Favorite food puzzle: Kongs
The arrival of spring means more time is spent exploring the 2 acre outdoor enclosure known as Young’s Hill.
Jamie Chimpanzee, AKA The Boss
Favorite foods: Grapes and leeks
Special talents: Persuading her human subjects to do her every bidding, using tools like a pro!
Favorite place to nap: In a huge complicated nest on the ground so she can keep an eye on everyone.
Favorite activities: Walking around Young’s Hill with friends, working on special projects made just for her, trying to undo any home improvements her caregivers have worked on in her enclosure.
Favorite food puzzle: Anything that is a good challenge for her to solve (and hoard).
Just like humans, chimpanzees have a complex array of emotions. Some things are so exciting that they elicit strong responses that one might not ordinarily expect.
Jody Chimpanzee, AKA Jo
Favorite foods: Jody likes most food and is an extra adventurous eater. She loves to eat edible wild plants, flowers and other particularly fibrous vegetation.
Special talents: “manager” of the sanctuary, master forager
Favorite place to nap: in a giant nest, usually built in the warm greenhouse
Favorite activities: making large nests, grooming in the greenhouse
Favorite food puzzle: PVC tubes with peanut butter!