A chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) yawns and displays his canines at the North Carolina Zoo.

It’s the holiday weekend and time to take a break from all the serious issues we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

So, for this post I’ll just give you a few pics I took a few weeks back at the North Carolina Zoo. These guys seem to have the right attitude. They are chill’n out and making the best of their situation. It’s probably a boring life from their point of view, but on the other hand, there’s no leopards sneaking up on them in the dead of night either.

I guess there’s no Chimpanzee utopia any more than there is one for us humans. Everything is a trade off.

These shots were done with my old Sony A77, and an ancient Sigma 120-400 mm lens.  Shot through glass into the primate enclosure.  I did remember to bring plenty of extra lens wipes to clean the finger prints and other nastiness from the glass.  That helped a lot.  All that’s required is to set up the tripod, focus in and wait for the shot.  Better than sitting out in the hot Carolina sun.

A chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) watching visitors at the North Carolina Zoo.

I will repeat the standard holiday advisories, even though I know everyone has heard them before. I do this in the hope that repeated messages may sink in. The traffic will be heavy and a lot of people will be distracted by their cell phones and alcohol. I speak from personal experience when I say that even minor reduction in cognitive ability can put you in a life of death situation. Have fun, but pay attention.

The chimps have the right idea, chill out, enjoy life. Be safe.

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Quote of the Day
“When I look back over my life it’s almost as if there was a plan laid out for me – from the little girl who was so passionate about animals who longed to go to Africa and whose family couldn’t afford to put her through college. Everyone laughed at my dreams. I was supposed to be a secretary in Bournemouth.”

Jane Goodall


North Carolina Zoo