Written by Austin Leeds
As part of the summer apprentice program, a program where students come to participate in CHCI research and learn about chimpanzee husbandry, I ran a cargo net making workshop. With the apprentices assistance I completed a new cargo net for the chimpanzees. Not only will it provide the chimpanzees with a new enrichment item, but the apprentices can also take the skill to other facilities to help enrich the lives of other captive primates.
The hanging of the net got delayed, then I went on vacation, then to be perfectly honest, I completely forgot I even made a new net. But I was luckily reminded and we set a date to hang it, then it decided to rain and rain for about a week and half straight. When we finally got an opportunity to hang it I had to conquer my fear of heights, climbing to the top of the chimpanzee’s outdoor wooden platform to hang it. It was well worth the mini panic attack.