I spent most of yesterday at Taronga Zoo, here in Sydney. Anne-Nicole, who works there part of the time, had to go in early to walk the dingos (!!!) so I met up with her later on. I had to catch a bus, which was easier than I expected, apart from missing the one I needed by seconds... always frustrating.
Anne-Nicole and I met at noon for lunch. She had been observing the chimps, and she look a minute to tell me all their names and explain some of their relationships and temperments. We had lunch at the zoo cafeteria and walked around together for a little while before she had to get back to work.
I covered the entire zoo. I'm pretty sure I didn't miss a single animal. After I had seen them all, I went back and sat outside the chimp enclosure for anhour or so, just watching them. Having learned something about their individual personalities and the group dynamics from Anne-Nicole, it was even more interesting. A few of the younger ones were incredibly mischievous and reminded me very much of some boys I know. (Yes, I do mean my brothers, in case anyone was wondering.)
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera when I left the house, so I wasn't able to get any pictures. I guess that means I'll have to get go back before I leave!
Today I attended "Uni" with Anne-Nicole. She goes to Macquarie University here in Sydney, and I tagged along to a few of her lectures. The interpersonal and group psychology lectures were fascinating, but the research methods class wasn't so thrilling. :o)