The chimps’ jubilee party: Zoo primates join in celebrations


JUBILEE fever has struck Edinburgh Zoo’s chimpanzees.  With celebrations taking place the length and breadth of the UK, the troop of cheeky chimpanzees have joined in to mark the occasion.

The 19 strong group, made up of a whole host of playful and curious characters, are being treated to a ‘flagload’ of fun. Edinburgh Zoo keepers have especially themed theirfood parcel to tie in with the Jubilee celebrations.  These playful primates will have jubilee treats to explore, which include patriotic pillow cases jam packed with a few of their favourite snacks.

Alison Bates, Primate Keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “We always look for new ways of enriching our animal’s lives, especially at feeding time.  So for the Jubilee we decided to make union jack and crown inspired food sacks filled with a mixture of hay and lots of their fruity favourites.  It encourages natural behaviours, so instead of just the fruit being piled up ready for them, they’ll have to work out how to get to their food.

“Our chimps are extremely curious about new additions to their enclosure and headed straight for the sacks.  It’s always great to watch how they tackle our enrichment, with a few picking out the fruit carefully and others much messier chimps just tipping the sacks upside down to release the treats hidden inside.”