Training a coati

Miyagi, our male coati, is quite dependent and he likes the attention of the caretakers. He lives alone in his zoo enclosure. Male coatis are usually solitary animals, while the females and babies live in groups up to 30 individuals. When I approach Miyagi, he starts to squeak and walks around waiting for my attention. …

marmoset hiding

Never seen a tiny monkey? Let me introduce you to the common marmoset

When I first saw a marmoset I was very surprised. I had never seen a monkey so tiny! Now I work with a group of four males: Harry, Draco, Potter and Malfoy. Draco is the alpha male and he often behaves as a real leader by puffing his fur to look bigger and scarier. Harry …

lemur

Have you ever seen a baby lemur? Today I will tell you about this little animal with big eyes

When you work with lemurs, once a year there is always this exciting moment when you discover that the family has grown and one of the female lemurs is carrying a baby lemur. It happened to me when, on a normal day in May, I was giving breakfast to the ring tailed lemurs and discovered …

animal enrichment racoon

Animal enrichment and how you avoid zoo animals to get bored

The first time I heard about animal enrichment was when I worked at Stichting AAP, a monkey rescue centre in The Netherlands. After then, I started to do it everywhere I went. I would think about how to improve the design of animal enclosures and how to make new and exciting enrichment. My creative and …