Posts tagged food

Bananas are a super food so it’s no wonder the chimpanzees love them! They have high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin-a mood elevator.

Bananas pack an energy punch, plus they help regulate blood sugar. The are high in potassium and low in salt, rich in pectin, high in fiber and an aid to digestion.

This fabulous yellow fruit is high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease and they are also a natural antacid. The fruit counteracts calcium loss and can help reduce swelling. But more than anything, bananas are just a whole lot of fun to eat!!

All photos © NJ Wight

The gardens at Fauna provide a great source of fresh plants to supplement the daily diets of the primates. One of the favourites is Eleusine, more commonly known as goosegrass or crowfoot grass. This is a native species they would normally enjoy in the wild. Theo particularly loves them when they go to seed. Sometimes he munches the seeds in one bite, or he may take his time stripping and then nibbling on the leaves. Newton and Darla also love the fresh Eleusine! Darla likes to take her time, picking out and eating the seeds slowly.

Photos by Animal Care specialist, Lindsay Towns © Fauna Foundaiton

Snack time!
Photo © Jo-Anne McArthur

Snack time!

Photo © Jo-Anne McArthur