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Emma and the Broken Laptop

One way to keep Emma occupied is by giving her a laptop computer. Not to worry though, this laptop stopped working long ago. Despite its’ lack of power and empty screen, Emma is enjoying this foreign object anyhow. Since retrieving […]

Thiele’s Vanity Session

The other day while I was in the chimp kitchen working on a project with the interns, I saw Thiele climbing down the steps to the bottom floor of the Playhouse. On her way down, she came across an old […]

Marla Meyer, Executive Director

Marla moved to Central Oregon in 1999 from Northern Idaho. After pursuing a career in Business and Marketing she later moved into Information Technology and Computer Services. Marla has been dedicated to the Chimps Inc. mission since 1995, when she began as a new volunteer. […]

Stephanie Humphrey, Bookkeeper

Stephanie is an integral part of our Chimps Inc. family. She has been a bookkeeper for 10 years and started her own bookkeeping business a few years ago. Stephanie moved to Bend in 2010 to enjoy all the outdoor activities […]

Lesley Day, Founder

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lesley grew up taking care of various different farm animals and native wildlife. She moved to Bend in the early 1970’s and attended the University of Oregon where she majored in Art. […]

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Dr. Goodall, a British primatologist, anthropologist, ethologist and UN Messenger of Peace, is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees. […]

Bruce Wagman

Bruce has been practicing law since 1992, with an almost exclusive focus on a wide range of animal law cases, in addition to education and consultation in the field. […]

Palmer Malarkey

Palmer grew up in Bend Oregon. After graduating from Cate school in 1989, Palmer later obtained a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in 2002. […]

Carla McGinley

Carla (Young) McGinley was born in Redmond, Oregon and grew up on a dairy farm there. She was a member of a horse 4-H club and participated in horse shows through high school. During that same time she began participating in the Western States Junior Rodeo Association and in sanctioned rodeo’s throughout the Northwest. Carla is […]

Zelia Flannery, Secretary/Treasurer

Zelia (Nauer) Flannery was raised and educated in Canada. She moved to the United States to begin her career, first as a statistician for Hewlett Packard’s Dymec Division. […]

Karin Thompson

Karin earned her first degree from the University of Oregon in Sociology, and soon followed her passion for helping others with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Linfield College. Karin has lived in Bend since 2005, where she has dedicated herself to the field of nursing and community involvement. […]

Eileen McLellan

Eileen’s life’s work has been in the food industry having experience in agriculture, research and development, processing, quality control, as well as the culinary arts […]

Michel Waller

Michel Waller is an assistant professor of anthropology at Central Oregon Community College and an instructor of anthropology for the University of Oregon. He studies bonobo and chimpanzee […]

Aerial Tunnels

Elevated tunnels connect all of our indoor and outdoor habitats, allowing the chimpanzees to easily shift from one enclosure to another, as well as explore and use the property to its fullest. […]

Outdoor Chimpanzee Habitats

The sanctuary has three large outdoor enclosures full of ropes to swing on and structures to climb, which the chimps have access to every day, weather permitting. […]

Kitchen and Food Preparation

The Playhouse is equipped with a complete kitchen, including stainless steel counters and sinks, a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, stove-top and microwave. […]

Intern House

The Intern House, which is located adjacent to the chimp facilities, is equipped with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom, on-site laundry and one office. […]