Category Archives: behaviour

Tika’s breakfast

VIDEO OF THE WEEK –¬†Bright and sunny weather this morning and the chimps had their breakfast on their playgrounds. Today, they had banana leaves as enrichment and Tika sat with some members of his group. Not all were allowed to eat with him… Tika is the boss!


Africa & Ekolo

PICTURE OF THE DAY – young female Africa (left) hates pictures and alsways runs away when she sees my camera. But I finally managed to get a picture of her when she was groomed by little Ekolo!

africa (2)

Rainy days (3)

QUESTION TO TIKA – what do you usually do when it’s raining and when you have to remain indoors with your group?
TIKA’s ANSWER – I love to go outside and once I am kept indoors, I create havoc ! But I cool down easily especially when we get our enrichment items which help me wait patiently before the gates are opened …

ktika pluies

Little Mata loves milk!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – baby Mata loves milk and enjoys every drop of it!

Mata imitating Kaly

PICTURES OF THE DAY – Chimpanzees work a lot through imitation and, in the wild, they are very young when they learn how to build nests. Most of the rescued chimpanzees at JACK unfortunately don’t know how to build nests. Taken too early from their mom, from their group, they lack all the basic stuff they should know. Therefore, some of them do observe the few ones who know how to bend branches & leaves properly and they try on their own. This is the case of baby Mata: he is keeping a close eye on Kaly (nest- building expert!) and he tries to imitate her… Mata’s results aren’t that bad, but he needs to practice a bit more

Thank you, Kaly, and well done, little Mata !!!

construction nid

Tika tickling Tommy

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Dominant Tika is tickling younger male Tommy who seems to appreciate Tika’s attention!

Elia loves socks

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Elia loves the socks we set as enrichment items:filled with treats (peanuts, raisins), the chimps first eat what is inside and Elia collects the old socks to play with or to wear them on…


VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Chimpanzees wadge in order to extract nutrients from fibrous foods. They sometimes masticate their food for hours and then spit the dry wadge out or use it as a spunge to collect water… baby Tommy seems to be an expert !