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June 2, 2015

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

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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…

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May 2, 2013

Monkey Business For Both Ape and Kid…

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With the Royal Party done and dusted, the public holiday over, a decent percentage of the nation nursing a hangover and orange clothes in laundry hampers all over the Netherlands, it’s time to get back to “life as usual”.

Therefore I’m returning you to my Plaswijkpark series of posts and one of Kiwi Daughter’s favourite subjects at the moment: monkeys.

There are a small amount of exotic animals here, it’s not primarily a zoo per see, they are more an addition to their main attractions rather than the main attraction itself.

We start by going in and finding that there’s also a “monkey style” entrance for kids who might like to make a monkey-like entrance… Kiwi Daughter was a bit old and far too tall for it to be honest but since she’s an ultra skinny wrench she still got around the obstacle course ok. In warm weather the apes can use the exit chutes and go play on the artificial island out the front if they wish, but the day we went was cold and drizzly so it was hardly a surprise to find them all preferring the heat inside behind panes of thick plexiglass.

It was harder than I thought to get photographs, but I did my best and Kiwi Daughter also managed a few from  top viewing “bubbles” arranged in the wall for kids to look through as they negotiate the monkey walkway.

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I usually think of thin tails on monkeys but these dudes have tails to rival any feather duster…

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November 18, 2012

Monkey Business Probably Stinks Sometimes…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Rasa Sentosa,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In this blog you get to turn the pages of my journal and read all about our families adventures at home and abroad.

Earlier this year we we visited New Zealand and I’ve been blogging about our adventures ever since.

Yesterday I got a rare chance to photograph some of the local wildlife when a peacock turned up on our patio to take advantage of the old bread I’d put there, other birds joined it and I got some photos I was really happy with.

We live in an apartment and have no pets due to allergy issues so I don’t really get to take animal or bird photos much, so imagine my surprise when we take the little trolley bus from the Rasa to our favourite pizza place Trapizza on the beach and on the drive down the hill suddenly we spy monkeys!

The driver asks if we would like to stop and take photographs and our excited “Yes, pleeaase!!!” was received with a smile… one monkey was very close immediatly to the left of us and another  five or so monkeys were further down the drive on the right.

The monkeys on the right began to follow the one on our left so came right up to the low wall next to us that ran along the driveway so we get to see the at very close range.

Two walk off, one of the “pack” sat down on the wall, another joined it and started a detailed investigation of the first monkey’s rear end… all of the sudden to our children’s delight the second monkey puts it’s hand up to it’s face as if  to say ‘phrrr ewww ”  whilst the first monkey stalks off…  Little Mr. is certain that the first monkey farted in the second monkey’s face and is in muffled hysterics.

We watch the monkeys until they move behind us out of camera range… with kids giggling in the back of the trolley bus we continue our journey down the hill. Two ‘ wildlife” catches in one morning!  I’m buzzing…

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