|Ocky showing his gentle nature|
Their caged environment is so large and friendly, and there are so many viewing platforms in which they can communicate and interact with the public should they choose to. Their main 'keeper' is very knowledgable in how to handle and communicate with them. He has taught us how to greet the chimps with a guttural throat sound, and how when calm and peaceful nature is displayed they will react likewise. I have always felt so close to these gentle souls, and, well....I just love them.
|Ocky as seen through the glass viewing platform|
The exciting news is that our zoo has been able to make exchanges, and Ocky and Cassie will soon have new friends imported into their environment. Some females are coming in. Wonder how the boys will react after all this time. Will there be a sense of excitement - will they call 'dibs' on the best looking one! Will they mate! There is a lot of privacy for them - as there should be - but I am happy to see that my boys have grown up, and may soon be Papas! That would be nice. They would be very gentle Dads!