SAS’s first-ever real life jungle exhibition was held in H301 throughout this week. A multitude of fruit trees, a dirt floor, and jungle plants had been arranged within the expanded room for the accommodation of the animals. Four different species of animals – bears, lions, monkeys, and hares – were featured on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday respectively.
During Tuesday’s exhibition, the bears excitedly stomped around the wide area, claiming the best spots with glee. Seeking adventure and novel scenery, the vast majority ran in groups to areas of the forest farthest from their den. SAS students passing by huddled against the window, watching nervously as the bears fought, reconciled, and finally settled down.
The lions were introduced to the scene the following day. There were still many comfortable, flower-covered areas, to which the first few lions sprinted to immediately. For the stragglers, however, their ideal homes had already been claimed. Students in classrooms near the jungle exhibition said they heard infuriated roars and cries of agony, most likely coming from these less-fortunate lions.
Thursday marked notable commotion among the new monkeys. The monkeys could be seen leaping from tree to tree, howling in groups, and skirting dangerously near the bear and lion territories. Surprisingly enough, many of the Africana trees, usually territory claimed by the strongest bears because of its tasty berries, were still left open when the monkeys arrived. While almost the entire group of Africana trees was healthy, the bears and lions had stayed clear after seeing tiny patches of the deadly Ebolasa moss growing on top branches.
On the final day, Friday, the wild hares finally arrived. Some were trembling violently, while others were carefully sniffing the dirt and venturing a few feet forward. The hares mostly stayed within or near their homes, for the rest of the jungle was a territorial war – packed tight with hyper, loud, and charged animals.
During this four-day period of jungle commotion, observers noticed several alpha males situated at the very front of the exhibition, ordering animals to their new habitats, and attempting to maintain a degree of peace.
This week-long jungle exhibition was a massive success, so much so that the administration has decided to hold it again at this same time for many more years to come.