Thank you to everyone who made our residents’ Chimpentine’s Day parties a success. Our residents enjoyed parties on their island homes this week. Parties are not just for the fun of it. They are one of many enrichment activities our residents receive to keep them active, mentally stimulated, and healthy. In the wild, chimpanzees must navigate a complex physical and social environment in order to survive. Nature has equipped chimpanzees with a big brains and powerful bodies to handle all of the challenges they might encounter. In captivity, however, it can be challenging to provide all that chimpanzees need to keep their minds and bodies active. They may grow bored and develop abnormal behaviors. Enrichment encourages captive chimpanzees to be active and problem solve. It also provides variety, choice, comfort, and fun for the chimpanzees. The result is happier and more active chimpanzees.
Enjoy some photos of the festivities!