Chimpanzees go ape for Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air for Whipsnade Zoo’s chimpanzees as they tuck into tasty treats dished up in heart shaped hampers to get them in the mood on Valentine’s Day.

Friday, 14th February 2014, 10:18 am

Keepers have been busy stuffing parcels full of the chimp’s favourite food, including apples and peanut butter.

The romantic meal with a difference is part of the zoo’s enrichment programme which stimulates the chimps’ curiosity and encourages their natural behaviours – and keepers say the six playful primates are bound to go ape over their Valentine’s treat.

Keeper Jane Storr said: “We’re always looking for new ways of enriching our chimpanzee’s lives, especially at feeding time when we give them food in imaginative ways to keep them happy and healthy.

“Chimps are curious by nature and the Valentine’s treats make an ideal gift for them – they’ll have to work hard to get to their food by delving into the hearts to investigate their treats.”

Visitors to Whipsnade Zoo this half term can learn more about love in the animal kingdom as Romancing the Zoo delves into the world of wildlife matchmaking. A host of interactive talks and feeds will be taking place throughout the week, revealing the secrets of animal mating and dating.