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Orangutans and Pygmy Hippos and Warthogs, Oh My!

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2007.

On their days off in, facilitators Jenna Weiss-Berman and Lena Richardson parted ways because Lena went to visit a friend’s family in rural Nebraska. Although they missed each other terribly at first, they soon got used to being apart and were able to have separate but equally wonderful times. Jenna went to the Henry Doorly Zoo, and is absolutely not exaggerating when she tells you she is positive that this is the most fantastic zoo in the entire world.

After howling like crazy, this howler monkey took a short break to show off for the camera.

After repeated calls of "Hakuna Matata," Jenna still couldn’t wake up this sleepy warthog.

Jenna’s zoo companion Sarah offers some of her soft serve swirl to the bronze octopus who keeps watch over the zoo’s aquarium.

Upon leaving the aquarium, we went over to watch an orangutan mom and her Curious George of a baby play in the trees. Jenna shot this short video of mama and spikey-haired baby. Click the play button on the lower left corner of the video to view.

After spending some time with the orangutans, Jenna moved on to her very favorite primates, gorillas. Even though the sign said that this baby gorilla (pictured above) only liked to play with children, he and Jenna managed to establish quite a bond.

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