At the Center for Great Apes, we enjoy celebrating the birthdays of each of our apes. Not only is it enriching for our chimpanzees and orangutans, but it also gives us the opportunity to celebrate their progress each year! Enrichment is so important for all primates in captivity. They are highly intelligent and need stimulation and new challenges to keep them happy, healthy, and occupied. Birthdays are just another way for us to do something exciting and fun for our apes!
Pebbles, one of our youngest orangutans, just turned 12 years old. Our staff held a fun and enriching birthday celebration for her, and she thoroughly enjoyed the delicious treats and attention she received (so did her companion, Christopher!).
The Birthday Girl
Our caregivers sometimes celebrate our apes’ special day by decorating their habitats with colorful paper streamers, leafy green plant browse, and even occasional birthday cards sent by our members. And, there’s always a tasty birthday treat! This year, Pebbles shared some delicious cupcakes made of monkey chow and mashed apples, covered with peanut butter, guava slices, and grapes with all our 15 orangutans!
Once their habitat is decorated, all the staff are invited to attend and watch the birthday ape (and their companions) explore and find their treats. (Fun enrichment for both the apes and the staff!)
Handsome Christopher, Pebbles’s companion, enjoyed the birthday party just as much as Pebbles did!
Pebbles knows how to party. What’s more festive than wrapping yourself in red streamers?
Christopher wanted to make sure we got a good look at the delicious monkey chow cupcakes…Thanks, Chris!
Happy Birthday, Pebbles!!