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Last Sunday I went to a different zoo than the one I usually visit. They opened their new lemur enclosure for the first time and I had to be there.

Before the enclosure was opened at 11am I went to see their Barbary macaque enclosure though. It is open as well, so you can go in there to hang out with some stinking, disgusting and slightly dangerous monkeys.

26691814071_7d46c68bdf_b.jpgmonkey by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

There was a sign at the entrance that said that they know how to get into bags and backpacks and that they are known to steal stuff from visitors. You are adviced to take off your hat and glasses and to keep everything closed. So I put everything away, put my bottle of Coke where I usually keep my camera (I had it hanging from my shoulder so that place was free) and tied the two zippers of my backpack together.

Spoiler alert: That wasn't enough. Obviously.

At first everything went well enough. One of the monkeys had an eye on my backpack and kept coming over to look at it, but he didn't really dare to come close enough to open it.
When I sat down with my backpack on my back to take the photo I posted above I suddenly felt that one of the monkeys jumped onto my backpack. I gently tried to get him off by poking him a little and by shaking my backpack a little. I really wanted to get him off quickly, I didn't want them to shit on my head...

Then I suddenly heard a zipper opening... And when I turned around a saw a monkey running up a tree with my food. Yay. At least he didn't take my tablet which I had in there.

Their new lemur enclosure was great though. Besides a group of ring-tailed lemurs they also have crowned lemurs, which I have never shot before.

26155034063_82d026e34a_b.jpglemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr


26691728401_610205fa84_b.jpglemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr


26485631190_01f9b6cbf8_b.jpglemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

Their ring-tailed lemurs are adorable as well:

26485643780_6033904c3f_b.jpglemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

It's an all male group of 11 animals. They are all still very young so they play around a lot, it was great :)


We have blogs?!

I didn't even see this before.
Anyway, might as well post about some of my photographic antics here.

The griffon vultures had chicks recently. It's amazing how baby birds look so much like freaky aliens! It's also pretty amazing how quickly they grow up.

26041910363_866caf0727_b.jpgvulture by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

And here are the proud parents. Don't they look happy? :3

26077694524_4efa6e7d02_b.jpgvulture by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

No, they don't. Griffon vultures are incapable of looking happy. They can only look extremely grumpy at all times.

But emus always look a little like they are smiling when you shoot them from the side :)

26031941481_d5b64497ec_b.jpgemu by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

They are very photogenic and beautiful birds if you ask me.

Peacocks look incredible as well:

26409923420_ddf4daa57e_b.jpgpeacock by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

At the end of January this zoo got a new male red panda, Jang:

24986761703_de768fa392_b.jpgRed Panda by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

He is incredibly adorable! And I guess he also figured out what the zoo wants from him very quickly:

25711336462_5534b59e08_b.jpgRed Pandas by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

Just after two weeks he completely fell in love with their other panda, Pushpa. He won't leave her side anymore:

25880710905_e7c7ff8815_b.jpgWake up, I want to cuddle! by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

But naturally, my favorites are their lemurs. They freely roam the "open enclosure" and run around among the visitors when the weather is nice.
This little bugger, a two years old female, always sits on my lap:

25923817224_672f032a29_b.jpglemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

Some times when the weather is particularly nice she will even sunbathe on my lap!


This is Andora, a roughly 19 years old female black and white ruffed lemur:

25610201751_3745509f1b_b.jpgBlack and white Ruffed Lemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

When I arrive there in the morning she often comes running to me to greet me or she climbs on my lap when I sit down because she wants to be pet.

And this is Athene:

24980022134_4219991996_b.jpgBlack and white Ruffed Lemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

She is roughly 20 years old and pretty shy compared to Andora. She will let you pet her as well but she needs to warm up to you first.

And this is the female who leads the group of ring-tailed lemurs:

26656721616_a322a305a3_b.jpglemur by Mathias Appel, auf Flickr

I call her Big Momma, and she is a total badass. She rules over them with an iron (and fuzzy) fist. She is a gigantic fatass, abuses her role to get all the food she wants and she is pretty lazy as well. If she doesn't want to go out the whole group stays inside, no matter how nice the weather is (which can be annoying).

I just love going to that zoo. Out of all the zoos I have visited so far they have the biggest amount of animals I'm actually interested in and their enclosures are very photogenic.

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