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June 4, 2015

Pass Me A Wave Board And I’ll Lemur The Basics…

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

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m just skipping back to part of our outdoor walk in Apenheul Zoo, a zoo specialising in all sorts of monkeys and primates.

Located  in the east of the Netherlands, we thought it would be a nice outing on a winters day over Easter 2013, hoping also to avoid the crowds because the park had only been open a few days for the season.

As it turned out the crowds were not at all a problem because most people had more sense than us and realised that it was going to be a bitterly cold day and stayed firmly indoors  in the warm.

We on the other hand, either endured frozen fingers (moi) or stuffed fists into pockets (the rest of the family) and made the best of things.

One animal that bought a huge smile to everyone’s faces was the Black and White Ruffed Lemur. We found one braving the outside cold but I suppose with his thick black and white woolly jacket of fur he was better insulated than we were.

Originally from Madagascar this monkey was delightfully both super shy and mega inquisitive at the same time.

He (or was that She?) was very skittish and sudden movements had him bounding away, but when Family Kiwidutch, and the visitors around us stood still, he was back to investigate these strange human beings and their kit.

His yellow eyes with an inner darker circle of yellow watched us intently. We all became silent or passed a few barely whispered words when he came right over to investigate the gloved outstretched hand of the lady next to me, and all of the visitors present had to stifle giggles when he checked out the wave-board that another child had put onto the ground close to us.

We whispered that maybe he was asking for lessons so that he could show his mates a few tricks?  Then some other visitors came around the corner talking and laughing loudly and the spell was broken.

The Lemur bounded off through the branches and settled in a tree some distance away, checking us out once more. Had the park been as busy as normal then probably we would have never been treated to such a close up experience with such a beautiful creature… and after he left us everyone in the little group he had just visited started exclaiming how wonderful an animal we had just seen. 

(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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