Walking with the apes at Apenheul (photo blog)
Hans Jakusch offers us some snapshots of the local population at Apenheul near Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. This nature park is home to free-ranging wild primates and a must-visit for animal lovers of all ages.
Take a walk on the wild side and experience lemurs, monkeys and apes (gorillas, chimps and orangutangs are separated from the public by moats of water for their own safety!).
The first monkeys that Apenheul visitors encounter are squirrel monkeys, which appear to be remarkably tame. However, they can bite. Evidently they like to lick the saltiness of human sweat. If you jerk away in surprise from this behavious, the monkies can become startled and bite. It's best to sit still if one approaches you and gently remove yourself if the creature gets too close. Although they don't have rabies, it isn't particularly pleasant to get nipped by these cute little creatures.
Park rules are don't feed the monkeys or try to stroke them like your family pets. Excercise respect. These are wild animals after all.
For more information on Apenheu, visit www.apenheul.nl/ (also in the English language).
Photos by Hans Jakusch (© Hans Jakusch)
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