Being Accepted By Topo

Being Accepted By Topo

After being here for a few weeks now I truly enjoy spending lots of time hanging out with the chimps. It has been really fun watching them play with enrichment that we make and interacting with them while we clean. Not too long ago Topo was watching as I was cleaning and wanted my attention, coming to the front of the enclosure and following as I walked around. As I walked over to him he began to head bob and as I mimicked his motions the game of chase was off! While we only ran down and back once before Topo had had enough, it was so fun to be a part of his play!

Again just the other day as I was in the kitchen cleaning up I took some time to interact with Topo through the window. As he sat there watching everyone come in and out just observing I began to call to him wanting to see if he would play. As I did he came over to me head bobbing and I mimicked his motions, while it didn’t end in chase we sat there interacting with each other for a few minutes before he decided he just wanted to observe everyone again. Being able to be a part of their day has been so rewarding for me, to see them enjoying themselves!

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Taylor G., Intern