Friday, 18 May 2012

Aping Around

So do you all remember in this post where I mentioned that we were heading to the zoo when we broke down?
Well, today is the day I tell you why!!
About a year ago, we went to a zoo and Michael and I absolutely loved it! This zoo is actually the WORLD primate centre which meant that we spent the day admiring all sorts of monkeys and apes.We thought it would be such an awesome job to work with animals, particularly primates of some description.
Well, to make a long story short, one day, Michael had the great idea to e-mail the zoo up and see if they needed any help doing research with any of the animals.
They responded saying they would so love any help that we could give them as they had a few things that needed researching and didn't have enough people to handle it. 
So we headed to the zoo and talked to one of the managers there as well as one of the zookeepers that worked with the Gorillas. The gorillas have been exhibiting some abnormal behaviours in captivity that they don't in the wild and they wanted us to run a study on them to find out what was causing these behaviours and also to see if we could help find a solution to them so that they could improve the gorillas quality of life.
So, for the last couple every months, every couple of weeks or so we head over to the zoo and study our Gorillas! I am absolutely loving it! It is amazing that they have such different personalities, it's just fascinating to watch. Here are the three that we are working with.

This is Oumbi. He is a great male Gorilla, so strong and powerful. He is the head of the group in his enclosure, which consists of him and two females. 

Check out his muscles!

This is Ozala. She is a quiet gorilla and likes to keep to herself. She lost her baby last year and then had a miscarriage about two months ago. She usually keeps far away from us, but she is sweet.

Ozala taking a nap on Wednesday.

This is Asante. She is really friendly and always comes up to the glass to check us out when we arrive. She was raised for 7 years by humans and thinks she is more human than gorilla actually. In fact, she won't mate with Oumbi at all. She has a sweet face and is very inquisitive.

How could you not love this face?

Well, there you have it folks, the introduction to my adorable new friends! Stay tuned for more!


  1. Ok, when we went to the zoo last winter we got stuck (fascinated)in the gorilla room. But when you first walked in the smell just about knocked you over. It was a soured smell and (this is gross)we watched a gorilla regurgitate his salad. This really amazed me, they said they don't know why this is but it is something that they only do in captivity. It stuck me. I'll be curious to see if that can be told why.

    Anyhow, what an interesting project and opportunity! Good for you both!

  2. That is really interesting!! I'd love for any excuse to study animals! They all fascinate me :) Let us know what you find out!

  3. I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! Have fun with it!

  4. Oh my gosh, HOW FUN IS THIS??? I want to do something like this! And gorillas? I LOVE THEM! It's crazy how human like they are huh? My husband and I went to the zoo awhile back and there was a gorilla there sleeping in the fetal position just like a human would with a blanket on. It was crazy!