Apenheul Primate Park

Hanging Around with a Baby Orangutan

Apenheul Primate Park visitor JeanKern took these candid photos of Orangutan Wattana and her 8-month-old son Kawan enjoying a sunny October day. Wattana was hand-raised by keepers at the Antwerp Zoo, requiring her to learn her mothering skills from fellow Apenheul Orangutan moms Sandy and Radja. The same year Wattana arrived at Apenheul, eight-year-old Amos also came to the primate park. Right from their first meeting, Wattana was teasing Amos continuously. According to keepers on hand at the time: “She tried to attract his attention by swinging back and forth over his head and throwing hay at him. She even sucked her mouth full of water and sprayed it over Amos from a distance. It was hilarious!”  Wattana's flirtatious antics ultimately led to a courtship and the birth of baby Kawan.





Photo credits: JeanKern

Woolly Monkey at Apenheul Primate Park

Once again, A.J. Haverkamp delivers the goods. In these pictures featuring ZooBorns' first Woolly Monkey, the two-and-a-half-month-old subject's determination and personality are palpable. The first two were taken just yesterday at Apenheul Primate Park and the last two are from over a month back. All Woolly Monkeys are vulnerable to extinction or endangered in their native home in the jungles of South America.




Photo Credits: A.J. Haverkamp

Up Close and Personal with a Baby Barbary Macaque

One of the best known Old World monkeys, the last wild Barbary Macaque population in Europe lives on the rock of Gibraltar, occasionally wandering into town to cause mischief. This baby macaque was born in the last few weeks at Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands, a rare open facility that allows its primate residents to wander around freely and build their own social groups. Thanks to photographer Jean Kern for sharing these photos as well as for his work on orangutan conservation.

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 1

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 2

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 4

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 3

Babies Galore at Apenheul Primate Park

Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands is a unique institution where monkeys, apes and other primates are free to wander within the park forming their own natural social groups. All of the pictures below were taken last week by photographer Jean Kern. Just like their fellow primates, humans, mom and baby stick close together.

Baby Western lowland gorilla and mom


Baby Barbary macaque and mom


Baby crowned sifaka and mom


Baby golden-headed lion tamarin and mom


... and we couldn't resist these cattle egret chicks...