Chippe and Thulani finished quarantine a while ago, but due to lack of enclosure space are still in the dens. Mama Posseh has been taking them to the forest regularly to let them play in the trees. We are happy to say they spend most of their time exploring in the trees rather than wanting to play with Posseh! They stick to each other whilst exploring, where one goes the other always follows!
Chippe and Thulani’s first trip to the forest
The pair haven’t been to the forest for a short while, because they have two new playmates! After Samson and Delilah finished their quarantine, they moved in with Chippe and Thulani. 4 youngsters are a bit too much for Posseh to handle on her own and they all had to spend time getting to know each other. After training another member of staff, Manso, to help Posseh with the chimps in the forest all four have had their first forest experience together.
Settling into their new group
Chippe, Thulani and Delihah
Samson and Delilah took Chippe and Thulani’s lead and followed them into the trees. They all occasionally came back for a play and comfort with Posseh and Manso, but spent most of the time climbing and jumping from tree to tree!
Manso and Posseh take the youngsters to the forest
Samson and Delilah explore together
Chippe was by far the most adventurous, climbing higher and higher every time! All were still adventurous, making daring jumps from branch to branch, some being misjudged! But that didn’t stop them from trying again. After Delilah, the only girl of the group, had seen Chippe climb so high she was determined to do the same, and nearly got all the way!
Chippe high up in the trees
Delilah swings in the trees
Chippe took the lead again, with finding things to eat! After chewing on some leaves he hit the jackpot and found some berries! Once Thulani realised Chippe had been successful in his search he started to eat too!
Chippe finds some berries…..
…And enjoys eating them!
Thulani follows Chippe’s lead and eats some berries
They had great fun playing in the trees and play fighting in the leaves. As there is still no enclosure for them to go in, Posseh and Manso will take them to the forest frequently so they can improve their climbing skills.
Thulani has a rest
Chippe and Thulani play
Samson was too quick for the camera so we’ll bring you more of his photos another time!
Chippe is definitely emerging as a fun, bright and inquisitive character in the group. Some of you may have seen this clip on YouTube and we’d like to share it with everyone. Chippe loves to help Mama Posseh when she comes to clean the den and seizes any chance to steal her brush and help with the scrubbing.
Remember to look out for our coming blog with an update on Basma, the Babes’ daughter.