July 3: Some Reluctance About Holly Hill
Eduardo awoke this morning, thinking the whole family would travel over to Holly Hill again as they had been the past few days. At 8:18 a.m. Eduardo crossed over to Holly Hill and went into the bench holly, tree 35, presumably expecting that the rest of the family would soon follow. Laranja had different plans for herself and the girls however, as she was not quite ready to make the cross. She and the girls stayed in tree 5 a while, not really sure how Eduardo had crossed over. The whole family was pretty distraught with lots and lots of long calling back and forth for about an hour. Finally at about 10 a.m., Laranja and the kids crossed over to Holly Hill using the low-lying black walnut.
Once everyone was over there it was a pretty typical day in the bench holly, lounging, playing, and just exploring. The girls are still getting used to this new area of the Zoo. This became particularly evident when Laranja and Eduardo both traveled down to tree 34, which is not far at all from the bench holly. As soon as mom and dad left, Gisela became very upset, especially when Samba started migrating toward mom and dad, leaving Gisela all alone. Of course our â€œdad of the yearâ€� soon came back to her, allowing her to ride on his back, back to the bench holly.
It was a late day over on Holly Hill, as the family did not cross back until approximately 3:30 p.m. Laranja led Samba down to the low-lying black walnut, where they crossed together. They were followed shortly by Eduardo, who took Gisela on his back and crossed in the high black walnut into tree 5. It was straight to the nest box and tree zero, where they remained for the majority of the rest of the afternoon, except for a short trip to the hemlocks, where an enrichment device with some fruit inside was hung. It had been a very long day away from home; however everyone did not rest until about 6:30 p.m., when they all were finally inside the nest box sleeping.
July 4–5: A Holly Hill Independence
These two days almost mirrored each other in terms of the GLTs' activities and patterns for the day. It was your typical day over on Holly Hill in the bench holly with the whole family crossing over between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. Everyone remained in the bench holly until about 2:15, when it was time to head back for lunch. After some lunch it was off to the nest box and then to the hemlocks, alternating back and forth between these areas for the remainder of the afternoon.
Eduardo has been getting pretty curious about the Red Light District (the area between the GLT exhibit and the bathrooms) and has been trying to figure out a way to cross over. He probably would have crossed already if a truck had not torn down the rope that usually connects their exhibit to this area. Eduardo could make the jump from one tree into a tree in the Red Light District, however, but perhaps he is hesitant since he has the twins to consider.
On both days it became quite rainy around 5 p.m., and the whole family headed inside their nest box where they retreated to the lower level, remaining unseen for the 5–7 p.m. watchers. All this rain continues to ruin the family's plans and enjoyment of this beautiful summer. I feel like the rain will never stop!
July 6–8: Holly Hill Heaven
Once a routine has taken hold, every day tends to become quite similar to the next. The pattern for these past several days has been to wake up, grab some breakfast, hang out a bit in the hemlocks, and then cross over to Holly Hill at around 8 a.m. The family now is crossing over all together using the low-lying black walnut, the safest route for them to cross. Once they have crossed they move into the bench holly, where they all remain for most of the afternoon, bouncing all around with very few rests, keeps the volunteer watchers busy and can make it difficult to see them. Laranja and Eduardo occasionally have been venturing from this holly to tree 34 and some of the magnolias, but overall the majority of the days have been spent playing in the holly. Laranja is always the one who wants to cross back first, usually making several attempts to get the rest of the family to follow before they finally do. These past three days, she has been successful in her attempts at about 1 p.m., when they all follow her back into the main exhibit for some food.
Once they have crossed back, they have been staying in their main exhibit for the rest of the afternoon, playing in tree three and its surrounding trees, the hemlocks, and tree zero. Eduardo faithfully tries every day to figure out how to cross over to the Red Light District, climbing high in a tree. He has not crossed over yet, although it is probably just a matter of time.
Sometime between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m., everyone retreats inside the nest box to the lower level. Their days certainly are being extended, as each day they seem to rise earlier and go to sleep later, which probably correlates to the hot, hot days we have been experiencing lately. Unfortunately that nest box is not air conditioned. If only they had all the luxuries that we are accustomed to. Those poor GLTs!
July 9: What's With Tree 35?
The GLTs were up and awake by 6:45 a.m., when the first watcher came. They hung out by the hemlocks for awhile and then Eduardo decided to cross to Holly Hill using tree five, crossing into the black walnut on Holly Hill. He was in the bench holly by himself for almost an hour when Laranja decided she and the girls could cross. They used the low-lying black walnut to cross, however while they were crossing, Eduardo had gotten sick of waiting and crossed back over to the exhibit area at the same time the girls and Laranja were crossing to Holly Hill. What confusion! Eduardo finally saw what was going on and he immediately went back over to Holly Hill. He couldn't possibly leave his heaven if the family was finally coming over.
The whole family played high up in a tree until 12:45 p.m., when Laranja was ready to cross back home for lunch. She led Samba down to the black walnut and back into the exhibit. After a few long calls, Eduardo crossed with Gisela on his back high over the walkway from the black walnut on Holly Hill into tree five. The rest of the day was spent in the main exhibit in and around the hemlocks with some foraging in the bromeliads. A typical day for these guys, as this has been their routine for the past several days.
At about 3 p.m. everyone made their way back to tree zero and the nest box, where they spent the rest of the day. At 7, when the last watchers left, Laranja and Gisela were both still awake, but Eduardo and Samba were not visible, so we are not sure whether or not they were also awake. It's getting to be some late nights for these guys, though late nights curled up inside.