The playful chimps are at Tacugama for a grave reason, though. Chimps like Chippie and Delilah are orphans because of bushmeat hunting or human wildlife conflicts.
But they still know the importance of recreation. "It is very hot in Sierra Leone during the dry season and the chimps love to cool down in their little pool or just play with the water," Sofie Meilvang, program manager at Tacugama, told The Dodo. "The chimps in this group are generally very active and spend most of the day playing."