John Jamieson's father traveled to Africa every year. He worked for a
zoo and went to the jungle to look for animals. When Jeffrey turned six
years old his father said, “Jeffrey, now that you're six, you can come
with me to Africa, if you'd like.”
clapped his hands and shouted, “Hoorah!”
flew on an airplane all day and night and then had to take a boat down a
wide river. Jeffrey saw crocodiles and hippos in the water and all sorts
of birds and butterflies.
boat pulled up to a small wooden dock and after Jeffrey and his father
climbed out, they had to walk through the jungle.
a lot of toucans,” Jeffrey said. “Did we come to catch toucans?”
caught toucans the last time we came. This time we're here to find
monkeys,” Father said.
“Monkeys! I love monkeys.” Jeffrey looked in the tree tops. He watched
for monkeys. “There's some.”
stopped and looked up. Several monkeys played in the trees, swinging
from vines and eating bananas. He ordered his helpers to catch as many
as they could. An hour later six monkeys sat in cages.
talked to them and smiled at them. He handed them bits of banana.
helpers carried the cages back to the boat and then they sailed down the
river. The cages were loaded onto the airplane and flown to the zoo.
Jeffrey stayed with the monkeys the whole time, talking to them about
their new home. When the helpers took the cages away, Jeffrey cried.
“Now I can't play with the monkeys any more.”
father said, “They belong to the zoo now, Jeffrey.”
Father woke Jeffrey up. “Get dressed. I've got a surprise for you.” He
took Jeffrey down to the zoo.
are we going, Father?” Jeffrey saw the elephants and lions and snakes.
father took him into a small room and opened a door. “You can go in and
of the monkeys hung on bars, playing and having fun. “The monkeys!”
Jeffrey played with them and cuddled them and fed them oranges and
bananas and coconuts.
“Jeffrey, you can come down here every Saturday and play with them. I
know how much you love them.”
hugged his father. “Thanks, Father. You're the best.”