Resident RoundupIt is day four of my work experience, and I would like to introduce you to a few of the animals that have made my week so special.
|Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)|
We first met on Monday, when he approached with the assurance of a painted tribesman. His face exploded colour, yet it was his eyes that held my attention the most: burnt orange suns, glowing behind a partial eclipse. From his slate grey brow, his golden mane projects both the power of a lion and the kindness of a grandfather. He is intimidating, and most certainly strong, yet his information board reveals a tragic, vulnerable side, which makes me wonder about his true character, and the importance of getting beyond the unfamiliar colours of his skin.
His fingers could easily be human, and should remind us of the similarities between our species, if we need such similarities to help practice tolerance.
Don't miss the story of Titch's rescue on "Rhys Jones's Wildlife Patrol" on Monday 14th April. It's on BBC 1 Wales at 7.30 pm.
|Lar gibbon (Hylobates lar)|
|Hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas)|
The female is a brown colour, while the males wear a silver grey cape, and are a lot larger. All baboons have rough spots on their rears called ischial callosites which makes sitting on rocks and in trees more comfortable.
|Male hamadryas baboon|
There is something about raccoons that really arouses my interest. I don't know whether it's their ability to stealthily move around in the night, unseen, or their acrobatic skill, but there is something so thought provoking about these ninja resembling rascals.
|Raccoon (Procyon lotor)|
It seems ironic that people have the cheek to label them as pests and vermin, when they use their fur for the ill-considered fashion industry. It is morally wrong.
If sight of the lemurs doesn't make you stop and admire them, then their incredible sound will. Collectively, they rumble like a chugging motorbike whenever they are startled or aroused.
|Mayotte brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus mayottensis) and|
the Black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata variegata)
I am really enjoying my time at the Sanctuary, and learning a great deal. I hope this has been of interest to you, also. Next, we will be looking at the chimpanzees' behaviour.