|A squirrel monkey mama and her baby.|
We first entered a large enclosure with each of us bearing a plate of banana slices and raisins. Although we were told not to touch the squirrel monkeys, the monkeys didn’t get the memo. While they have little affinity for humans, they’ve been conditioned to approach for food, and to everyone’s delight they hopped all over us. It was a unique opportunity to see these little creatures up close.
|My mom making a new friend.|
|My daughter Kate making an offering.|
|The mamas were quite agile with the babies on their backs.|
|My son Ben.|
|Ben's girlfriend, Layla. She was very nervous, but check|
out the photo below.
|My son Sam.|
|Sam's girlfriend, Alex. I think she got this little|
guy to pose.
|This is me, trying not to startle them, although they|
certainly startled us.
|The monkeys didn't seem to mind all the attention.|
The capuchins, unfortunately, were all severely abused and bear long-term emotional scars. Our lively guide—a young biology student from Minnesota—shared that socially they are all a bit off. For instance, one of the males has no interest in female capuchins and has instead imprinted his romantic longings on the human biologist. She says there are times when their interactions become a bit weird.