Thursday, 10 April 2014

ABC Wednesday: Monkeying Around

These are some of the Wellington Zoo chimpanzee's. Over the past few visits of the zoo I have amassed a collection of them mucking around with each other.

Brotherly kisses.
This is Beni with his little brother. Beni stole him from his mother and hid him from the rain.

This is one of the male chimps. There is 13 monkeys in the troop and multiple males. They are a hierarchical society with a dominant female and male. I believe this might be Sam the dominant male but it is hard to tell.

This is Beni showing off his acrobatic skills. Truly monkeying around.

This is Malika, she is the middle child so to speak. You can tell the young apart by the white tuft above their bums. This indicates to the other chimps that they are juvenile and allows them to get away with a lot. The white tuft starts to disappear at around 4-5 years, at this point they are treated like naughty teenagers. Beni is finding this out the hard way as now when he annoys one of the older monkeys they will give him a short sharp reminder who is boss.


  1. Thanks for the interesting post. I learned today something new about the chimpanzees!
    Thanks for your visit and comment.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  2. These are great shots. Good to see them so relaxed and enjoying each other even in captivity. Carver, ABCW-Team