#youbelonginthezoo

MOST RECENT

I had the coolest time at the zoo today. I was doing orang watch and Eloise, the oldest, was in the enclosure with the big glass walls, and she totally acted like she remembered me. If I sat down she would come right over and put her hand up on the glass and stare into my face. She did it several times. (I didn’t dare interrupt those moments with taking pictures! We were having a thing!) She also apparently had a little boy there earlier who bounced a ball off the glass and played “ball” with her. She apparently totally got into it, to the point that she tired herself out and had to go take a boneless nap. She was kind of overwhelmed with visitors, so I stayed near the glass with her, feeling protective. She would look over at me occasionally, checking in. Plus Elka the little one got her hands on a blue bucket and made her own slide on the higher parts of the mesh. I thought she was gonna kill herself, (and I called the keeper, who came out and offered a distraction so she’d go do something else) but she certainly had everyone entertained. All in all, quite a day.
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Dang it, you guys, thanks to IG interactions and some internet research, I am now firmly in love with an #orangutan named #Rajang who lives at the @colchester_zoo and would very much like to meet him. He seems sweet and curious and kind. He loves pregnant women’s baby bumps and kisses them. He loves shiny jewelry and anything new you can show him—when the keepers started wearing shorts he stared at their newly-bared knees. He even kissed @hodgeoso’s orangutan tattoo! He sounds like a total sweetheart and a character, and he’s all the way over in #colchester #england AND he’s turning 50 in less than a month, so it’s not like I have all the time in the world to go see him! I’ve been interested in saving up to go volunteer with orangutan rescues in Indonesia for my next trip (if I can), and I don’t have funds to just hop across the pond whenever I want. I don’t know what I’ll do, but I hope my crush doesn’t have to go unrequited. (Photo via YouTube)
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#redape #orangutans #greatape #crush #apecrush #colchesterzoo #colchester #criticallyendangered #essex #essexcounty #savetheorangutans #zoo #visitthezoo #youbelonginthezoo

Olive the porcupine gets some flowery enrichment today.
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#animals #porcupine #zoo #hibiscus #la #losangeles #lazoo #losangeleszoo #visitthezoo #youbelonginthezoo

Thank you to our friends at the @sandiegozoo for their continuing support and to the Fantastic Crew at 2Planks @2plankvineyardssandiego #vargavineyards #drinklocal #pinotnoir #oregonpinot #pandapinot #sandiegozoo #youbelonginthezoo

Also today, I believe this is Buddy, the blind sea lion, basking in his dominion (and in the nice warm sun).
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#sealion #californiasealion #buddy #animals #aquatic #aquatics #aquaticanimals #losangeles #la #california #zoo #lazoo #losangeleszoo #visitthezoo #youbelonginthezoo

This is #Isim, one of my favorite #orangutans at the @lazoo. I so ❤️him. Sweet, silent, and gentle, he floats around the enclosure with his extra-long red hair like a Scooby-Doo ghost. He and his mate #Gangsa often get overlooked while the others in the bigger enclosure get the spotlight. I think Gangsa is just fine with that, but I often think Isim could use a little attention.
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I mention to the kid I’m with in the video that Isim seemed very interested in him, but he kept doing this, and after a while I got the impression he may have actually been interested to see me after several weeks away. If so, I would consider it a huge honor.
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