I had an amazing summer working with the lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina, but eventually it was time to drive home. It would've been a hard 15 hour drive but I knew that I would be taking a pit stop for a day at the Columbus Zoo so it wasn't so bad. Over the summer I met a wonderful woman at the Friends of Bonobos board meeting, she works in the grants department at the zoo and she invited me to come visit their bonobos. Since I have never actually meet any of our great ape cousins I jumped at the opportunity. I spent just over an hour with each of these beautiful species (an hour a piece was not enough time and I could've spent all day with any one of them) and then I had to continue on my way home to Michigan. The following pictures are of my first encounters with orangutans, gorillas, and bonobos!
A baby gorilla, it was hard to take a picture because she was running around so much.
Here is a link to the Friends of Bonobos webpage to find out more about one of our closest primate relatives (equally as related to us as Chimpanzees) and how we are trying to help them.