Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Day @ Zoo Negara

Day outs always gets me excited...fresh air, rustling trees, the happy sun, birds chirping, etc...what more can you ask for? 

Okay, yea, so it was a day at the Zoo (read: animals in captivity) but hey, I'm all for educating the public about the different animal species rather than playing some anti-social hand-held game which devoid one of face-to-face conversations. 

Who's gonna go into the forest to find all these animals anyways? Well if you did, you'd be lucky to find one animal staring at you in the face (that leech sucking your blood doesn't count!)

Anyways, Tina, a young female chimpanzee was brought to Zoo Negara (National Zoo) from the Taiping Zoo (Perak) to balance the male-female population ratio.
In order to make sure everyone was a happy camper (an not have any hissy fits) an integration programme had to be put in place so that Tina, Black, Cumbi and Raja could live happily ever after together. This was a cooperative effort between the zoo keepers of Zoo Negara and Hamilton Zoo (New Zealand), facilitated by Way Out Experiences.

It was really interesting to see our closes relative prancing around and have such human-like mannerisms. Although, they are way more muscular than us humans - I think I might follow their diet plan soon!

Our closest cousins...I wonder how we would integrate with them? Or vice versa...Oh wait, humans sometime need integration programmes like this too!

Could I have some sugarcane please? (Check out those muscles! Would you say no?)

Even chimpanzees know they have to smile to get something! (A skill which some humans seem to lack nowadays)

Smiling gets you everywhere, I hear *om nom nom*

One of the social activities between chimpanzees is grooming... the more bald spots you have, the more popular you are! So would you rather be popular and bald or unpopular with a body full of lustrous hair?

Tina setting up her nest...who knows what happens behind closed doors after we leave?

Ahhh the life...

Whatchu looking at?

Other friends at the Zoo...

This project was made possible by Way Out Experiences (WOX). If you love animals, why don't you check out their cool volunteer programs and you get to spend a day (or a week) outdoors.

Love humans and animals alike! Let's hug it out *awwwwwww* xoxo

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