Hi this is Tess, giving you an update on all the youngsters.
Firstly Samson and Delilah have settled in very well to their new home. Samson is the more playful of the two, but also the one who cries the most, seeking lots of attention! Delilah is more laid back in her new surroundings and is more curious about things going on around her.
Basma is doing incredibly well, and is now beginning to eat proper food! Babes is being a great mother, and at feeding time shares her food with both her children, Basma and Bintu.
As for the rest of the youngsters in quarantine, Chippe and Thulani both passed quarantine with flying colours and have now been integrated together. The meeting went very smoothly, although Thulani, the smaller one of the two likes to make sure Chippe knows he is the boss! Posseh has a tough time when she brings them out of their enclosure to play – rather than exploring Thulani is determined to get Chippe and bite him!
Abu, Sunny and Blama have technically finished their quarantine but it will take some time to move them as we are desperately trying to resolve the problems that we have with the lack of enclosure space.
Kangari has not been very well this week, but with love and attention from Mama Posseh, he has made a good recovery and started to play again.
Lastly for today… Gaura and company….
No major incidents to report thankfully! After the two groups joined together, the fourteen chimps are still having a great time together, although they have not sorted out their hierarchy yet! Poor Gaura and Mac, as two of the younger boys are having a bit of a hard time. The older boys, especially Spana and Bimbo are definitely trying to show them who is boss. Gaura was the alpha male of the younger group and they want to see how strong he is. Unfortunately Mac may just have got in the way as being an ally of Gaura. Two of the other older chimps, Alex and Bimbo, haven’t quite decided whose side they are on. Sometimes they defend Gaura, and sometimes they join in against him; he has the determination and energy of a leader, even at a young age. Maybe Spana and Bimbo realize this so give him such a hard time! But don’t worry – it’s not fighting all the time and we often see them all playing together when it matters less who’s boss!
Everyone else is getting on fine, and no-one seems to be causing much trouble. In the two original groups, there was one girl in each group to watch out for; Jessica and Joyce. Since they have become great friends they are definitely a lot happier and have calmed down a lot! Yoyema on the other hand can get a little jealous sometimes!
The group can often be seen playing altogether on the platforms, relaxing or spending time on their own high up in the trees. Chica and Bruno seem to have similar personalities, spending lots of time on their own but also being popular in the group.
We’ll be back in touch with more news soon.