It’s very important that chimps are well looked after and have the correct diet to ensure they are happy and healthy.
The vets at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are involved in the training of the chimpanzees to facilitate veterinary treatment. The chimps have been trained to present their hands or shoulders through the bars for injection making treatment much easier and less traumatic for the chimps.
The chimps’ diet is varied and typically includes the following:
- 1kg of apples
- 1kg of carrots
- 1kg of oranges
- 1.5kg of cabbage
- 2kg of bananas
Each chimp is also given 350g of pelleted food which is made up of protein, fat and fibre, and meat is offered every alternate day. Dates, sunflower seeds, sultanas and nuts are also scattered in the grass to encourage foraging behaviour. Vitamins and minerals are given in drinks, like a herbal tea!