Blair Drummond zookeepers monitor primates' behaviour on 'Chimp Island'

Enrichment programme aims to improve mental welfare and encourage species-specific natural behaviours.

Keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park have created an enrichment programme within its one of a kind  “Chimp Island”.

The changes to the island are designed to optimise the physical and mental welfare of the chimps and encourage important species-specific natural behaviours.

The keepers hide food in the tangled roots of the undergrowth to promote foraging, throw it high into the trees to inspire climbing, and place it in puzzle devices to challenge our chimps’ problem-solving skills.

The island itself offers many natural foraging options and presents opportunities for the chimps to make choices and decisions within their environment. 

The keepers made a special cake for Peter the Chimp to celebrate his 32nd birthday.

But he wasn’t keen to share as he ran down to pick up the baked treat before scuttling back to enjoy it in peace.

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