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Through 'Berg en Bos' to 'Apenheul'

On to Apenheul

35 Metres Up--Guess...

...who climbed it?

In to the fun

Stopping the pickpockets!

'Kata' Lemur from Madagaskar

I'm going this way

Watching you too-Red Vari-Madagaskar

Poly STOLE a cracker

Young Male Berber Ape

Keeping an eye on the Keeper

Any thing to eat?

Mother and baby--always beautiful

Putting on a show

Golden Lion Monkies-What's for dinner?

Golden Lion Monkey-Brazil

Sunbaking in Apenheul

Family Circle-Lemur catta

Lemur catta-Birds eye view

Who is looking at Whom-'White Faced Saki'-Brazil

Playing Free

Tamarin-Saguinus Imperator-Brazil


Capuchin Monkey-Middle/South Africa

Mother and Child of the Borneo Orangatang family

How's my little sister today?

Lunch time again!

What are they doing?

Tuesday 27th April 2010 Weather:-Overcast-17 degrees/feels more like 14


And so the 'Nature Series' continues with a trip to visit our ancient ancestors. Because we had before us the promise of a beautiful sunny day we thought a trip to the Apenheul Primate Park would be a fun thing to do. Our first choice for the day's activities was to go to the 'Palace Het Loo' not far away from us but as we had read 'No photography allowed' we thought it better to go and visit a Palace in Italy when we go there next week, I am sure that we will strike a few. My main pleasure from Oh, so many, will be to go to the 'Pallazo Ducale' in Venice again which left so many strong memories for me last time we were there.

Apenheul Primate Park opened in 1971 as a small primate park with a new concept: to allow the monkeys to move about freely and allow them to mingle with the visitors. Visitors are strictly advised to leave the animals in peace, petting and feeding is forbidden. Some of the monkeys do interact with visitors, but they have the choice and the first thing we had to do before entering was to empty all our pockets and place the contents and our bags in monkey proof bags where the zipper was latched down as this troop of primates were described as first class "sakkenrollers" or 'pickpockets' as we know them. No eating or drinking of any kind allowed while mingling with the relatives!

After opening of the park it soon became obvious that the primates appreciated Apenheul as much as the visitors did. Because of their great freedom of movement, the animals formed perfect social groups and many offspring were born and reared naturally by their own mothers. Even with species which until then had been considered ‘difficult’ to keep, did Apenheul achieve spectacular successes. Gorilla’s born in Apeldoorn are known to have excellent ‘gorilla-manners’ and now live in zoos all over Europe and beyond e.g. in Germany, England, Switzerland, Israel and even Australia, Taronga Park Zoo being one of them.

As we were walking amongst the Berber Apes we noticed a keeper staying close at hand and when I had finished photographing a young male from up close she shoed him away, apparently his manners were not yet fully in place and sometimes he likes to play rough, the keepers need to get the upper hand at this stage of his life for in a couple more years it will be too late, he would know that he is the boss of them.

Herman's comments on the way home said it all "That was a lot of fun today, I really enjoyed myself--the park is massive and beautifull in itself and I did not think that we would have spent so much time there". The promise of a 19 degree day had evaporated early in the day and a chilly air had settled in around us so the thought of a nice cup of tea at home beckoned—we have to pack a few things again for tomorrow as we are off to Amsterdam where it will be 'Party Time for the All' and I mean party with a capital 'P'

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