Issue Ten, August 6
Morning crossing routes have stayed much the same. Everyone takes the ropes (though now and then the fence is used instead) to the low black walnut, where they all cross. Laranja and sometimes Moe and Mara cross back several times during the morning and early afternoon using the low black walnut crossing to the fence, which they take all the way to the hemlocks in the corner of their exhibit. They either use the same route to cross back (Moe and Mara often take the fence) or the high cross from the top of tree five into the high black walnut. Laranja and Moe twice went from the tupelo on the left of the bench holly in a circle through the neighboring trees: alder to tupelo to oak to the small holly to the right (if you are standing on Elephant Walk) of the bench holly. Both times Laranja jumped to the ground and ran back to the bench holly. Eduardo took a similar route but instead of moving into the oak moved into the farther tupelo before retracing his steps in the trees. The cross back has been changing as the babies are learning to cross on their own. Once both babies have crossed on the path and once Baby 1 crossed on the branch of the low black walnut. Generally Laranja, Moe, and Mara take the low black walnut and Eduardo takes the tupelo to the ground and across. In the afternoon, they sometimes take a trip down the fence and make it as far as a small holly next to the fence by tree 13.
Once the family is on Holly Hill, they often move into the trees to the left of the bench holly, meaning the black walnut, white ash, and the tupelo to forage. There are two squirrel nests in the top of the tupelo that they often explore.
The other new trend is that all four kids have started playing on the ground. For up to two hours one day and an hour another, they played on the ground underneath the hemlocks in their exhibit. In the late afternoon or early evening, the GLTs (especially Laranja) often move to the trees on the right of tree zero and sit in the small trees between tree zero and tree 2A.
July 30: Another Monday
The family was already in the hemlocks in the corner of the exhibit at 6:55 a.m. The monkeys foraged, groomed one another, and rested until they moved toward tree five at 8:15. From there it was down the ropes and across the low black walnut to Holly Hill. They moved to the white ash to the left of the holly briefly, where Moe and Mara played. Laranja crossed back once over the low black walnut at noon to eat. Then they stayed in the bench holly until 1:30. They foraged, groomed, and played in the hemlocks and surrounding trees.
Shortly after 3, Eduardo, Moe, and Mara crossed into the Red Light District. They foraged there for a few minutes. Eduardo and Mara crossed back into the main exhibit before 3:30 and Moe did shortly afterwards. For the next few hours, they moved between tree zero and the hemlocks as they foraged. They moved back to tree zero at 6 p.m., where they continued to forage. They were all in the box at 6:30 and by 7 Eduardo was the only one out, watching from his branch on the front of the tree. Both babies could be seen nursing from Laranja on the top level of the box.
July 31: Squirrel Nests and a Late Night
As usual the monkeys were already in the hemlocks at 7. They foraged and groomed until 7:45. Eduardo carried the babies to tree five, where he deposited them and they followed everyone all the way over the low black walnut on their own. They moved into the bench holly and stayed high in the canopy, where it is difficult to identify them, for a few hours.
Laranja crossed back to the main exhibit at 10:50 over the low black walnut and down the fence line. She stayed for about 20 minutes and ate before crossing back to join her family. Shortly after noon, they moved into the high black walnut, the white ash and the tupelo tree to the left of the bench holly to forage. They found two squirrel nests on either end of the tupelo tree that they spent several minutes foraging in them excitedly.
A few minutes after two, they crossed back to the main exhibit. Laranja, Moe, and Mara took the low black walnut to the fence and Eduardo carried the babies down the tupelo tree and across the ground. They all ate from the food trays and foraged in the hemlocks. At 2:25, Moe and Mara jumped onto the fence near the hemlocks the fence and ran along it all the way to the low black walnut, where they then crossed back over to Holly Hill together.
They played in the branches, chasing, wrestling, and what may have been play copulation. At 3:20, after much calling from his mother, Moe climbed down the tupelo tree and crossed the path back into the main exhibit in a perfect imitation of his father’s favorite route. Mara long called after him and then sat quietly with interspersed periods of dashing about. Shortly after four she climbed down the tupelo tree and rejoined the family. They all foraged in the hemlocks. Moe spent some time stalking a squirrel while everyone else rested and groomed. At five they moved up into tree three) and the white ash behind it to forage some more. They all disappeared below the platform in the box at 6:30 before coming out and moving through the small trees around tree zero. They stayed out and active until 7:45 before moving into the box where they continued to move around, not sleeping until about 8:30!
August 1: Tree Trimmers, Red Fox Alert, and a New Holly
Despite their late night, the GLTs were still up early and in the hemlocks already by 6:45. They foraged and rested, moving about the neighboring trees. At a quarter after seven, large tree trimming equipment was moved down Tamarin Run and the family stared at it from the hemlocks as it drove by. They raised the cherry picker high into the trees along Deer Hill to trim some dead limbs from the tulip tree across the path from tree one. As the large white cup moved up into the branches, the monkeys spotted it and got agitated. They predator called and Laranja moved back and forth on the rope between trees four and zero, looking ready to charge over there and scold the tree trimmer. They settled into the hemlocks and watched, making occasional annoyed noises.
At eight they moved to tree eight and started to cross but the tree trimmers turned on the tree grinder and the family ran back to the hemlocks. After a minute, they relaxed a little and foraged and played. Baby 1 fell two meters to the ground from the hemlock on the left of tree four. He scurried back up the trunk only to climb right back down again and pick up something to eat that he must have spotted when he was down there.
At 8:20, Eduardo jumped to the fence by the hemlocks and ran down it to the low black walnut, where he crossed without even looking back to see if anyone was following him. Moe and Mara both jumped onto the fence and foraged near the kiosk. Laranja took the ropes to the low black walnut and left the babies on tree five. Once she got to the crossing point, she jumped to the fence and circled back to the hemlocks and ran along the ropes once more, trying to get the babies to follow her. She did this several times, stopping now and then to chew on the plastic tubes behind the kiosk with Moe and Mara. She finally picked up Baby 2 and climbed over the low black walnut to join Eduardo on Holly Hill. Moe and Mara climbed to the low black walnut, wrestling over a piece of something that they dropped and then retrieved from the ground. Mara crossed over the low black walnut by herself. Moe started up the trunk followed by Baby 1, who had been tailing them on the fence when he fell about two meters onto the concrete. He sat still for a few seconds, blinking his eyes, before he slowly climbed up the fence and onto Moe’s back. They crossed together and joined everyone else in the bench holly.
They foraged, played, and rested in the holly until ten, when they moved into the white ash and tupelo tree to forage in the squirrel nests again. They moved back into the holly and were very quiet between 11 and one. Just before one, Laranja crossed back to the main exhibit, followed by Mara and Moe, over the low black walnut and down the fence. Eduardo carried the babies down the tupelo tree and across the ground into the hemlocks, where he lounged for some time before going to eat. Laranja and Mara both long called from the hemlock to the left of tree four before realizing that their whole family was indeed in one place.
They all foraged, stopping now and then to rest and groom. At 2:20, they were sitting peacefully in an extensive allogrooming session when a flash of red on the ground sent them into predator calling. A red fox had run through the exhibit! They settled back down after a few minutes and went back to foraging. At 4:20, Mara jumped to the fence from the hemlocks and started playing with the caution tape tied to the stanchions. Moe joined her, followed by both babies. The party was ready to go after Laranja and Eduardo also climbed to the fence a few minutes later. Eduardo led them down past the low black walnut, pausing to forage at the kiosk. He jumped onto some small trees in front of tree nine and Moe and Mara followed him. Laranja and the babies continued to the garbage can, which she jumped onto several times while the babies waited on the fence. They all climbed into the small holly in front of tree 13, where they foraged for a while. They moved back toward hemlocks shortly before 5:30, Laranja carrying the babies. They foraged some more, played, and rested. They moved back to tree zero at 6:30 and, at 7, everyone was below the platform in the box except for Eduardo, who kept watch from outside.
August 2: PlayGROUND
At 6:50, the monkeys were eating from the leftover food tray hanging by tree four. They continued to forage for a short time before crossing to Holly Hill at 7:25. The kids took the fence to the low black walnut and Mara hopped briefly down to the ground before continuing on. They stayed mostly out of sight in the bench holly until 8:45, when they moved off toward the shed holly. Both sets of twins played amongst themselves in the high branches of the shed holly while their parents foraged. They stayed there for two hours before moving back to the bench holly.
At 11:40, Laranja crossed back to the main exhibit over the low black walnut and along the fence line to eat briefly before returning to Holly Hill. Shortly after one, everyone foraged in the white ash and tupelo trees to the left of the bench holly. Laranja and Moe circled through the tupelo to the alder to the second tupelo, which leads into an oak where they climbed into the smaller holly to the right (if you are standing on Elephant Walk) of the bench holly. They foraged there for a few minutes before Laranja started looking for a way back. She seemed frustrated and finally jumped down to the ground and ran, screaming all the way, to the bench holly. Moe made a jump for a limb of the white ash and missed, falling five meters into the bushes before running to the bench holly as well. They crossed back to the main exhibit shortly after three, moving into the hemlocks to forage.
At 4:15, Moe jumped down to the ground under the hemlock that stands to the left of tree four. He foraged and was joined shortly by Mara and Baby 1. They jumped from tree to ground sporadically, looking for food, until it turned into a game after a few minutes. Moe and Mara chased each other around on the ground, tackling and pulling each other off of tree trunks. At 4:25, Moe crawled through a square in the chain link fence and sat on the pavement. He found and chewed on a small plastic spoon, which is just a reminder that if you see litter, please pick it up! He climbed back up and over the fence and continued playing. He stalked toward a tall weed and jumped at the top of it, tackling it to the ground then jumping back so it would spring up and he could do it again. Soon the four kids were all romping around under the hemlocks, hopping like tiny kangaroos. Laranja and Eduardo even joined them to forage among the rocks between trees three and four. The last monkey wasn’t off the ground until 5:40, when they started foraging in the food trays. At 6:45 they moved to tree zero and climbed in and out of the box until around 7:20.
August 3: Replay
The monkeys were on the move at 7:14 and crossed over to Holly Hill. Laranja led the way down the ropes but was passed up by Eduardo, followed by Baby 1, Mara, Moe, and Baby 2. The babies crossed all by themselves as they tend to do these days. They stayed in the bench holly for the rest of the morning, leaving only for a foraging trip into the trees to the left of the holly.
Laranja once again ended up in the holly to the left (if you are standing on Elephant Walk) of the bench holly and, just like yesterday, she crossed back to the bench holly on the ground, screaming the whole way. At 10:45, Laranja and Mara crossed back to the exhibit for their usual mid morning meal. Moe started to follow but got left behind. The girls crossed back over to Holly Hill over the low black walnut after eating for a few minutes. At 12:19, Baby 1 fell about four meters out of the bench holly, landing on all fours. He scampered back up the trunk of the tree just as Laranja climbed down to watch him.
Shortly after one, Laranja crossed back to the main exhibit over the low black walnut once again. She ate for about ten minutes and then crossed back. A few minutes after 2 p.m., she crossed back once more, followed closely by Moe. Two minutes later Mara joined them and Eduardo carried both babies down the tupelo tree. After a few false starts and leaving his passengers behind, he crossed the path and joined the others in the hemlocks to forage. They groomed and rested between foraging bouts in the trees around the hemlocks. At 3:45, the kids remembered their game from yesterday and began to play on the ground again. There was rampant chasing and wrestling in the dirt while Laranja and Eduardo came down briefly to forage.
This went on for about an hour before they stopped and rested in the trees. They foraged and explored arborally, moving through the hemlocks to the left of tree 4 and into the small trees between trees zero and 2A. At 7, Eduardo and the babies were still out of the box and it wasn’t until 7:30 that everyone was settled down for bed.
August 4: Crossing Independence
After a few minutes in the hemlocks in the corner of their exhibit, the GLTs crossed to Holly Hill over the low black walnut at 7:20. They were mostly out of sight in the bench holly until 7:55 when several GLTs emerged and moved into the large trees to the left of the bench holly and foraged in a squirrels nest.
Shortly before nine they moved down to the shed holly. Again they were mostly out of sight in the thick branches except when they all rested in a large monkey ball. Laranja led them back to the bench holly at 10:50. Laranja, Moe, and Mara crossed back to the main exhibit to eat at about 12:10, crossing back to Holly Hill shortly thereafter. They were quiet in the high branches of the holly for several hours.
At 2:30 Laranja, Mara, and Moe crossed back to the main exhibit once again. Eduardo looked like he might try to follow but did not seem to want to carry the babies. They are getting too heavy for him, together weighing more than half his body weight! He continually picked them up and put them back down as he moved toward the tupelo tree. During this time, Laranja and Moe crossed back using the crossing from tree five into the high black walnut way up over the path. Mara moved from tree five into the low black walnut and crossed there. Once again the family was relatively quiet for another two hours.
Around 4:30, they moved into the magnolias to the right of the bench holly but, instead of crossing, they climbed to the ground to play and forage. They jumped on and off the trees for about 15 minutes before heading back into the holly.
It was getting late for the family to have not crossed back and Eduardo and the babies must have been getting hungry. Laranja crossed once again at six, trying to get everyone to follow. Moe and Mara crossed and Eduardo made it to the trunk of the tupelo before they all crossed back once more. The whole family moved low on the tupelo tree foraging in the branches over the path. Laranja crossed back to the main exhibit once more and sat waiting in the hemlocks. Finally, Eduardo made his move without either baby burdening him and crossed the path. Mara followed him and then Baby 1 jumped down to the ground as well! He hopped to the rock wall and then hung precariously to its edge, judging the distance to the ground before hopping down to the pavement. He ran forward toward the hemlocks and then turned straight for the crowd! He stopped short of them and hopped up onto a sign post and waited before continuing along and joining his mother on the fence. It was now Baby 2’s turn and he hopped down onto the stone wall as well. Instead of moving to the pavement, he ran to the left of the trees toward the garbage cans and more of the crowd. He stopped and stared for a moment before turning around and jumping onto Moe’s back who carried him across the pavement and into the hemlocks at about 6:30. They all foraged in the hemlocks and neighboring trees for a while longer and were still quite active when seven rolled around. They weren’t all settled and in the box until around 7:30.
August 5: More Crossing Novelty
The family crossed early at 7:12, taking the low black walnut as usual. There was a lot of playing seen in the bench holly and the neighboring black walnut from all four kids. Laranja crossed back to the main exhibit to eat at 10:30. She crossed back 15 minutes later. At 12:10, she crossed again, this time followed by Moe and Mara. They ate before returning to Holly Hill after a few minutes. They settled into two monkey balls where they rested and groomed each other.
Shortly before two, the clumps of tamarins broke up and Laranja, Moe, and Mara once again crossed to the main exhibit to eat. Eduardo moved into the white ash to the left of the bench holly with both babies on his back but he sat them there and waited. Laranja crossed back at 2:10 using the high cross from tree five into the high black walnut. Moe and Mara both followed her after a minute using the same cross. They all foraged in the trees to the left of the bench holly moving high into the branches and exploring their favorite squirrel nests. Eduardo went for a little jaunt, climbing from the tupelo tree into the alder and then following the line of trees that run along the back of the picnic area all the way into the tupelo tree halfway along the rock wall. He long called a few times before turning around and rejoining the family in the bench holly.
At three, Laranja crossed to the main exhibit again over the low black walnut. Mara followed her closely and so did Baby 1, all on his own! Moe brought up the rear as they climbed down the fence and into the hemlocks. Eduardo carried Baby 2 down the tupelo tree and across the pavement without hesitation. They foraged in the hemlocks and neighboring trees for a few hours. By six, the sky had clouded over and the air cooled off, feeling like it might rain. The GLTs made an early evening of it, moving into the box by 6:30 and all sleeping below the platform at 7.