Quick disclaimer! - Yes, this is a Zoo. Yes, the animals are kept in enclosures. NO, they are not badly treat.
I regard animal life higher than a lot of human life most of the time and so would never support anywhere that had any hint of animal cruelty. I sign petitions, I promote causes close to my heart and I have done many fundraising events for animal causes/charities.I look into everywhere I visit beforehand and am well informed that Edinburgh Zoo is one of the worlds best for conservation and breeding.
It would be lovely if all animals could live in the wild but it isn't always that simple, especially because of certain cruel humans that live alongside us. The animals that live here are in great living quarters, well looked after and a lot of them are doing a great service for their species by participating in the research and breeding programs.
Please think twice before leaving nasty comments. I will never lie to anyone, let alone on my blog - what would be the point? All views are obviously my own but I take care to look into anything I support.
I'll leave you with a quick quote from Sir David Attenborough, about Edinburgh Zoo, "The Royal Zoological Society has shown not what zoos can be, but what they should be".
Chimpanzees. Did you know that humans share over 99% of their genes with these complex and intriguing animals? I've long since been interested in apes of all species and (as most of you probably already know) raised money by doing a skydive for my 21st birthday for the amazing Monkey World in Dorset. Having watched the show about the sanctuary, visiting and thinking very highly of the place, I have to say that the enclosure that these Chimps at Edinburgh Zoo call home really is one of the only ones I have seen anywhere near the standard of those at Monkey World.
There are 18 Chimpanzees, living in two groups here, one of which arrived in 2010 from Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands after having started life, very sadly, as research lab apes.
An extremely happy turn around for the group is that in July 2014 troupe member Heleen gave birth to and reared the first baby Chimp in Scotland for over 15 years!
You can see her and her son, Velu, in two of the photos above.
Around the Zoo there are many different monkey and ape enclosures; the Budongo Trail where the Chimps live, Living Links which is a research and field stations, the Magic Forest small monkey house beside the Sun Bears, the Monkey house near the Panda enclosure and other separate separate locations around the place.
Within the two monkey houses there are so many stunning little species, though it is rather hard to photograph due to the conditions/light etc.
Above you can see a Grey-legged Douroucouli (taken on Jake's phone), one of 6 in the group of a mating couple and their 4 offspring, living in the Magic Forest.
Next is Jake in the Monkey House photographing a critically endangered, Yellow-Breasted Capuchin. They were ever so lovely to watch, playing, chasing, climbing and using the 'tap' to have a drink from.
Lastly is a beautiful Goeldi's monkey. As with the chimpanzees, the Goeldi's monkeys live in two groups. A bachelor group and a breeding pair with their offspring. The latest of the babies was actually born in December of last year and we were lucky enough to sneek a peek of the little one riding on its mothers back (the photo was very poor and motion blurred due to low light/slow shutter).
Living Links is described as a 'human evolution research centre'. I know the R word will always strike fear into my heart - no doubt other animal lovers too, but this one is different, obviously.
Living links comprises of two wings, so to speak, the East and West of which are completely separate but mirror images of one other with a community of both Common Squirrel Monkeys and Brown Capuchin Monkeys in each.
Between the two is a research centre (I refuse to use the word laboratory, as no harm comes to these little guys), with cubicles that double as a passageway into the outdoor enclosure where the monkeys can interact, if they fancy it, with the researchers.
To find out more about Living Links you can visit this site here.
To end my post are a few photos of the sweet Gelada Baboon troop. The babies of varying ages were a brilliant sight to behold as they mucked about with each other and wound up the adults. As you can see with some being bigger than others it made for many funny moments when one would try to do something, ie climb a tree and the smaller ones would try to copy...not ending well!
5 related females and their offspring founded this group when they came to Edinburgh in 2007, soon followed by an unrelated male in 2008 who has since fathered many new arrivals.
I hope you enjoyed the third set of photos from my time at Edinburgh Zoo, stay tuned as there are still more to come! haha
What is your favourite type of monkey/ape? Have you been to Edinburgh Zoo, if you have did you see any of these guys? Tell me in the comments!