Now I have to admit I’ve never been particularly excited by monkeys or apes, don’t know why, I suppose there are always other creatures that interest me more. However visiting the Orangutans at Dublin Zoo swayed me somewhat. One of the keepers was there throwing in some treats for them and the interaction was brilliant to watch. The keeper was really informative telling us all about these comical apes.
There was one large male in the group who was so lazy. He sat there with his hand outstretched waiting for the keeper to throw the treats to him. He did on occasion reach up and catch a few flying morsels, but that was as far as he was going to exert himself.
The keeper informed us that he is particularly attracted to blondes; his previous keeper was a blonde lady so any blonde that walks by now gets his attention. Even though he was a male in his prime, he just reminded me of a grumpy old man.
I was amazed to read that female Orangutans only give birth once every 8 years. Below is a female youngster that was rejected by the dominant female. Apparently she had to be reared by the keepers, and although she has been re-introduced to the group, she is still an outcast and sits on the edge looking longingly at the rest of them. I couldn’t help but feel so sorry for her.
Due to the massive de-forestation in Borneo where they live, their numbers have declined by 80%. Man has a lot to answer for.
I had to laugh how this female followed the male everywhere hoping to get some of his treats. I don’t think she was brave enough to take them from him directly.
They were great characters and to be honest I could have watched them all day.
I love the expression on the males face in the following picture, he really looks like the lord of his land and that nothing bothers him.
There’s still more to explore, so I’d love to see you back, until then …………