Parent Craft in the Ape world

There are some very cute ape families at Paignton Zoo. Like all of us primate families, they have their trials and tribulations, so the mums like to get together for a chat, it’s what keeps them sane.


Experienced mums share tips with the first timers, on breastfeeding and how to cope with a lack of sleep .

Dad? well he’s looking out for the toddlers, making sure they play nicely.


But they get a bit boisterous, and he’s out of his depth.


‘I’ll count to ten and when I turn around . . .’


‘Oh for goodness sake, wait until your mum gets home!’


‘She started it dad.’


‘He’s asleep, quick Toby, let’s push her over the wall before they notice.’

‘Good idea, more lunch for us then.’


‘Clive, CLI-IVE, what are those kids up to? I hope you’ve been watching them, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head you know.’

I had my hands full at the zoo yesterday, helping my daughter with Scarlett and Layla, two of my grandmonkies, so I left the photography to their dad, who’s a professional photographer. Thanks for letting me use your photos Steve!