[monkeywire] Chimps go ape for organic bananas

Darren Ellis dellis at pcauthority.com.au
Tue Jan 28 21:18:59 EST 2003


Chimps go ape for organic bananas


Monkeys at Copenhagen Zoo are going ape over organic bananas and other
fruits, rejecting traditional foods left in their cages, zookeepers say. 

Keeper Niels Melchiorsen told the magazine Oekologisk Jordbrug (Ecological
Agriculture): "For one reason or another, the tapirs and chimpanzees are
choosing organically grown bananas over the others.

"Maybe they are able to instinctively tell the difference and their choice
is not at all random," Mr Melchiorsen suggested.

"The chimpanzees are able to tell the difference between the organic and the
regular fruit.

"If we give them organic and traditional bananas, they systematically choose
the organic bananas, which they eat with the skin on.

"But they peel the traditional bananas before eating them," he added.

Copenhagen Zoo, which hopes to be awarded a "green label" as an
environmental zoo, began feeding its animals at least 10 per cent organic
products last year.

It hopes to raise the level to 15 per cent this year and reach 33 per cent
in 2005.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/scitech/2003/01/item20030129100804_1.htm
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/scitech/2003/01/item20030129100804_1.htm> 

 


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