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June 2, 2015

It’s Not Just The Monkeys Keeping Out Of The Cold…

Filed under: Activities,Apenheul,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our visit to Apenheul monkey/primate zoo in the Netherlands continues, the outside space is huge, with specific areas made to suit each of the primates that inhabit that space.

The park encourages many of the primates to move in and out freely, so for instance on the icy cold winters day of our visit back in 2013 the animals could decide for themselves if they wanted to get some fresh air outside or stay in the warmth of their main living quarters.

Since the day we were there was particularly cold many of the primates very understandably opted for a day indoors.

The bigger and more dangerous animals like the gorillas can “travel” around their compound but not out of it, other smaller and less strong apes, ones that do not endanger the safety of the visiting public can not only travel around certain sections of the park but also mingle freely with the public, hence the need for our monkey-proof bag covers. It’s not only monkeys who were making themselves scarce in the outside areas, so were the visiting public, the freezing weather putting many people off this early  in the year.

This means that we share the entire park with a hundred or maybe two hundred people at most, so no queues anywhere. The downside was that we didn’t imagine that it was going to be quite this cold and one pair of gloves shared between four people isn’t fun. Each of the kids ended up with one glove and I hoped they appreciated the sacrifice because being on crutches I couldn’t put my hands in my pockets as they did. Later we heard that the temperature had hovered around freezing all day and had we known that before we went, it probably would have changed our plans for the day too. Clearly if we want to see a few more monkey’s we better head inside…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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