Colbie Ashcroft, 5, and Maddison Brown, 4, were lucky enough to see the chimps try out their new toy for the first time. Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin
Colbie Ashcroft, 5, and Maddison Brown, 4, were lucky enough to see the chimps try out their new toy for the first time. Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

Puzzle tests chimp ape-titude and keeps their minds occupied

CHIMPS get bored just like people do, but when they get bored they can cause a bit more trouble.

To try to prevent this from happening the Rockhampton zoo commissioned Gracemere man Greg Fry to build them a new puzzle, which was unveiled last week.

The puzzle comes in the form of a box with several shelves that can be filled with nuts, which the chimps have to try to manoeuvre down the shelves and into a hole so they can eat them.

Rockhampton zoo team leader Yvette Fenning said the chimps already have a few puzzles, but they weren't really challenging them anymore.

"They're very important … they get a feeling of accomplishment (when they solve it) like we do," she said.

"The more their minds are stimulated, the less trouble they get into.

"If they're happy, there are less fights and they're more co-operative when we're doing medical checks."



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