2008, June 17th
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Dear Friends,

Winter started a few weeks ago. Yes, here in Central Africa, we have a cold season from May untill end of October. Nights are colder, 5 to 8 degrees Celsius (41-46°Fahrenheit) which is quite chilly as we are used to 24 to 28 degrees Celsius (75-82°Fahrenheit).

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June and July are the coldest months. As the weather changes, the grass turns color from the green of the rain season to the yellow of the cold and dry  season.rain-season-summer.jpg kina.jpg

Of course, cold weather is  synonymous with flu. Humans get colds but the chimpanzees of the Refuge also. Therefore, this year, to prevent them to become sick, we have decided to let them stay a bit longer in their night facilities.

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Stacy told you last week the babies were fed at 7.30 am before letting them go outside. Today, they are still fed at the same time, but they go out around 8.30 when the sun has already started to warm up the outside enclosure.

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So, once they come out, some climb on the highest branches to get warm ...

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... and others huddle up against one another.