I had a day off, and the weather was nice, so I went to the St. Louis Zoo this morning. It was pretty empty with school having started for about everyone the last 2 weeks.

I love great apes. I think they should have personhood status since they are so intelligent. I think it’s depressing that they are in zoos, but given conservation needs I understand the necessities. I was talking a very nice docent at the orang habitat and she was so full of info.

Orangs like to hide behind leaves in the wild. We don’t have the right trees for that in Missouri, so they give them sheets. We have 4 orangs. Momma is Merah, and she has a 3 yr old named Ginger. Ginger has an older sister named Ruby, and then Ginger’s dad is a young orang named Cinta. Cinta was too young to be expected to sexually reproduce. Which meant Ginger was a whoopsie baby - Merah was 45 when she was born, and she is the oldest orang to give birth in a US zoo.

Here’s a picture of Merah and baby Ginger hanging out under a sheet.

You can see the reflection of the docent’s khakis in the plexiglass. She explained that the Orangs kept trying to break the glass with rocks. They succeeded. So the zookeepers started rewarding them for bringing rocks to the zookeepers with treats. This led to the Orangs decided to actively dig for rocks to get more treats.

So they stopped giving treats. And the Orangs went back to breaking the glass.

So they replaced it with plexiglass. See those scratches? The Orangs have started scratching the inside of the plexiglass.

Here’s older sister Ruby hanging out in a hammock —

Bonus picture - this is Priya, she’s 4 years old