Mother's Day is August 15th in Costa Rica, and I received my best "gifts" ever!
Chiquito should have been thrilled about adding two females to his troop, but he was much more interested in meeting Rodolfo. Like most male spider monkeys, Chiquito prefers males to females socially. In the wild, the males stay in the natal troop with their father, brothers, and other male relatives; whereas the females "leave home" at sexual maturity.
Anita and Pancita are caged together, as they were at the other center since Pancita arrived about a month ago, and they'll be kept separate from Lolita as they get to know each other. Today we opened the two isolation cages into one large cage, giving them a common chainlink wall with Lolita, and all three girls "helped."
Jane Goodall has always been my hero, and working with primates an aspiration. Africa wasn't in the cards the summer I turned 16, when my parents offered to send me to volunteer, and there was only one class (in physical anthro-pology) when I wanted to study primatology in college.