Written by: Austin Leeds
Back in May of this year Karen Leeds (my mom) donated money for a chimpanzee party and to buy new enrichment items. With this money we bought the chimpanzees two puzzle feeders. Puzzle feeders are great enrichment because they provide the chimpanzees a challenging way to get treats, stimulating both their minds and appetite.
It took us a while to get the puzzle feeders but they finally arrived! We set them up in the East playroom after lunch and filled them with sunflower seeds and peanuts. One was suspended from a rung on the wall while the other was suspended by rope between two platform posts. When the chimpanzee went back into the East playroom after lunch Tatu went right for the one suspended by the rung, Dar headed for the one on the platform and Loulis watched Tatu in earnest.
After a few minutes Tatu gave up on her puzzle and went to check out the one Dar was working on. Loulis then gave the one on the rung a shot, but after a couple failed attempts he ripped it off in frustration. By now Tatu had displaced Dar from his feeder, so Dar went over to the torn down feeder, picked it up and carried it off into the West Room.