“Keepers pour water, tea of fresh fruit or vegetable juice into the PET bottles, and give them to the bedrooms or pens of common chimpanzees and Sumatran orangutans,” the zoo informed the TASR newswire, explaining that the apes can open bottles themselves, drink from them and then destroy them. “The male chimp, Jimmy, uses such bottles also as loud drumming instruments.” Thus, the consumption of plastic bottles is very high at the zoo, and it calls on people to bring old bottles – clean and empty, with caps.
People are also asked to bring old, unused sheets, blankets and wraps; the apes make nests for sleeping from them, or tend to hide underneath them.
The last things that animals would welcome are toys – preferably plush ones – as the chimpanzees and orangutans love to play with them, but usually destroy them very soon. Katarína Matejovičová of the Bratislava Zoo explained for the SITA newswire. As for now, keepers make most of the toys themselves. The other way is to buy them more resistant and durable special toys, which are quite expensive (about €20), though. But they can help develop the animals’ skills, Matejovičová summed up.
21. Mar 2015 at 7:26 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská