Games play an important role in the social interaction of all animals. By engaging in games with animals we are able to gain valuable insights into their behavior and communication - both verbal and non-verbal. Video taping and photographing these play sessions has proven indispensable, because we frequently observe details of their play interaction that we completely overlooked while the game was in progress. Often there is so much activity going on all at once, that we do not notice what is right in front of us. It is only later when reviewing the videos and photographs that we fully grasp the depth of the animals willingness to engage us in play.
These are the stories and pictures from our project with Jungle Island - Miami.