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Photographing Chimps

In my opinion, (and I believe many others agree;) chimpanzees are incredibly hard to photograph.  Between their active lifestyles and dark coloring, it is hard to get a picture with the right lighting, right zoom, right focus, etc.; and not […]

Fun with Exercise Balls

Two giant exercise balls were recently donated to the chimps. After putting them in the Big Outdoors enclosure, we all gathered around with cameras ready, excited to see what the chimps would do with them. To our disappointment, however, they barely acknowledged the […]

Super Volunteers at Spring Clean

Going into my third week of my internship, I have really started to get the feel of how much work it actually takes to a run a sanctuary. Any help is welcomed and this was especially true for our first […]

Linky’s 16th Birthday

Cats are very stimulated by scents, so for Linky’s birthday we prepared a sniffing extravaganza in the form of stuffed animals rolled around in smelly substances.  The smelly contestants included coffee, peanut butter, catnip, garlic, lime, steak, wet cat food, […]

Mirror Enrichment for Topo

Did you know that chimpanzees have self-awareness? Though not as developed as it is in humans, chimpanzees have the cognitive ability to recognize themselves as individual beings. Humans develop self-awareness at about 18 months of age. We know this because it’s right […]

Monkey Chow for Patti

I believe Patti knows how to count. When I give out monkey chow on Tuesdays, she keeps asking for one after the other until they are all gone. The funny part is, she can’t see how many are left in the bottom […]

Karen T., Super Volunteer

Every Tuesday morning, one of our amazing, long-time volunteers, Karen T., brings oatmeal for the chimps. Tuesdays are a favorite day for both the chimps and staff at the sanctuary: Karen always shows up with fun new enrichment for the chimps […]

CJ’s 15th Birthday

CJ’s birthday was a huge hit this year! The chimps enjoyed a delicious forage in the morning of fresh strawberries, watermelon, oranges and broccoli, as well as strawberry banana smoothie popsicles scattered throughout the enclosures. Birthday bags with gifts for each […]

Looking Back: Who's Who

As my internship comes to a close and I look back on my first few days here at the sanctuary, I find myself amazed that I couldn’t immediately and unfailingly tell exactly which chimpanzee I was looking at. I mean, […]

Easter Egg Hunt

It never before occurred to me to think of Easter eggs as multi-species entertainment, but the chimpanzees seemed just as excited as it was possible to be, gathering up all the carefully placed plastic eggs. Topo in particular, coming back […]

Grooming Pairs

Here at the sanctuary there is always something to be done. When you take care of animals, especially animals as demanding as chimps, your work is never finished. That’s what makes those quiet moments all the more special. Yesterday after […]

Special Donation Funds

Heart Health Fund Assessing and treating cardiovascular disease has become a growing concern for those caring for great apes since the early 1990’s.  Heart disease is the number one killer of captive chimpanzees, and we want to ensure our chimps’ […]

Silly Goose Topo

When I arrived at the sanctuary this morning, Topo was in an exceptionally good mood (most likely because the chimps get sweet rice for breakfast every Friday, their favorite, but I’m going to pretend it was because he was so […]

Topo, Alpha and Protector

After a long, cold winter, the chimps are ecstatic that the weather is finally warming up and spring is quickly approaching. Today was a beautiful, sunny, 70 degree day and everyone took full advantage of it by lounging in the shade, […]

High Heels for CJ

Because most of the chimps at Chimps Inc. were raised as humans, many of them have a fondness for human-like enrichment. Herbie loves flipping through magazines and wearing hats, Emma is a born cleaner and gardener, and Jackson is especially […]

Tube Enrichment for the Chimps

Last week we made some enrichment using the cardboard tubes that we receive from the local newspaper. I smeared peanut butter and some honey on the inside and then stuffed in peanuts, raisins, and dried apricots, shaking the tube around […]

November 16th: Topo’s Birthday

Time: All Day Event: Topo’s Birthday Description: We celebrate each of the chimpanzee’s birthdays as if they were ours. If you would like to make Topo’s birthday a little extra special you can certainly send birthday presents or donations to […]

November 15th: America Recycles Day

Time: All Day Event: America Recycles Day Description: Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to […]

October 4th: World Animal Day

Time: All Day Event: World Animal Day Description: World Animal Day is celebrated each year is observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Please make a donation today to honor our animals in sanctuary.

September 21st: International Day of Peace

Time: All Day Event: International Day of Peace Description: On this day last year almost 200 giant Peace Doves flew on six continents, in 35 countries, in more than 100 cities around the world, and Chimps Inc. was one of […]