Pipa is the only macaque in the group who lives a quiet, easy life because of her strong position and very dominant control. In contrast to how she treats her group, she is the least aggressive of all with the caregivers.
Visually she is well distinguished from others because she has more hair and looks more beautiful.
In 2018, it was the time to give all 4 Macaques their health check, this required them to voluntarily enter a catching cage. For Titin, Katy and Abu this is a relatively easy task as they know they get special rewards when they are in there. However, with Pipa it’s quite the opposite as she is more intelligent than the others and knows what the catching cage is used for. This means a caregiver needs to gain a lot of trust with Pipa to have her enter. Pipa loves enrichment and solving puzzles, so this element was added to the training. A target stick was created (a tennis ball on a bamboo stick), and used with a clicker. Pipa really loves touching the target and getting a reward. This new routine has enabled the caregivers to make her feel comfortable entering the catching cage and they are now able to successfully catch her for her vet check ups.
With Pipa really enjoying enrichment and puzzles, her caregivers have been able to provide lots of new and exciting items for the Macaques. The Macaques have many new puzzles that they all enjoy using, but Pipa gets the most use. These puzzles also help to keep Pipa occupied so the others can eat in peace!