Jackson The Mischievous?

Jackson The Mischievous?

Jackson is a mischievous chimpanzee. All interns and volunteers learn this fact pretty quickly. He is infamous for shooting humans with his projectile saliva. When he catches me in front of an enclosure, he’ll fill up his cheeks with water from the tap and subtly try to get me within shooting range. I’ve learned to stay far outside of that radius. But in spite of his rascally side, Jackson can also be very sweet. On one hot afternoon, Herbie was lounging in the shade of the Garden enclosure. Jackson, with several carrots in hand, excitedly approached Herbie. I was so certain that Jackson would use the carrots as ammunition in a vegetable assault, but instead he surprised me, and actually fed the carrots to Herbie, one by one. It was the first time I had seen this sweet side to Jackson. Chimpanzees are just as complex as humans, and every day I learn something new about this group of amazing animals. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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Matt D., Intern