This week the Chimps have all been very playful. Earlier in the week Jambo’s group were all running around and playing together. Genet and Jambo were enjoying pulling each other off the shelves by their feet and then play biting each other.
Jomar and Flynn were running huge circuits of the outdoor run chasing each other. All of the group enjoyed playing in fresh straw in their indoor enclosure, and Josie could not be seen for a while as she was being covered up by Lottie throwing the fresh straw all over her, with much delight and giggles from Josie.
Later in the week it was Benji and daughter Tuli’s turn to play and they spent all afternoon chasing each other, with Tuli trying to trip Benji over when he walked in front of her and this ended in one large ball of fur and lots of laughter and happy panting from both of them, followed by a long afternoon nap because they had worn each other out.
This week, our keepers have been experimenting with some exciting new enrichment for the chimps. At Jambo’s group we have used some old reels of material to create “hammocks” in the beds areas for the chimps to sleep in; these hammocks go some way to imitating the natural sleeping environment for wild chimps as they create soft nests in the trees out of foliage.
We try to stimulate all the senses when giving enrichment and Danny, Tommy and Kip were lucky enough to get some old CDs, which our chimps often use to see their own reflection. Tommy and Kip however, found something far more fun to use them for and started a game of air hockey using the CDs as pucks!
Twycross Zoo also received a generous donation of exotic fruit from Tesco this week, so all the Apes have been puzzling over some new flavours and textures and have enjoyed the challenge of trying to get into whole coconuts. Some found it easier than others, and Noddy was carrying hers around for nearly two days!