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 […]

Pumpkin Fun

We have a fun fall enrichment tradition for the animals at Chimps Inc.: every year we carve out pumpkins and fill them with tasty treats.  For the chimps we stuff them with fruits and veggies and nuts, but the lynx […]

Tuesday Morning with the Chimps

I had a smile on my face all morning while volunteering at the sanctuary on Tuesday. I gave everybody breakfast and a special treat: a cup of hot (decaf!) coffee.  Thiele hadn’t moved away from the feed door after she received her breakfast because […]

A Blossoming Friendship

Just like people, sometimes two chimps just don’t get along.  When CJ first arrived at the sanctuary last August, Patti was not the most welcoming hostess.  She went out of her way to make sure CJ knew who was boss, and […]

Thiele the Architect

In the wild, chimps sleep in nests in the trees which they build by bending and lacing branches together. They construct them carefully and purposefully, first creating a strong foundation by choosing specific branches based on flexibility and durability, and then using leaves and twigs […]

Jackson: Terrible Twelves

Jackson is the youngest male chimp here at the Sanctuary. At 12-years-old he is right in the middle of adolescence and it shows. With chimpanzees you get the “terrible twelves” rather than the “terrible twos”. When I first began my […]

Cooling Off

Entering a new enclosure is always exciting for the chimps. They know that when coming back, or getting let into a new enclosure comes many surprises. Keeping the chimps on their toes and creating excitement for them is very important […]

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 […]

My Little Helper, Thiele

One night at dinner time, I made my rounds to secure all outside doors before serving the chimps with their dinner bags.  When I reached the top floor of the Playhouse, I spotted Jackson sitting by the door.  I started […]

Jackson Shares

I was doing behavioral training with Jackson yesterday and one of the rewards he was enjoying was juice inside of a spray bottle. When we finished up our session, I filled his mouth up with a whole bunch of extra […]

Jackson Shares

I was doing behavioral training with Jackson yesterday and one of the rewards he was enjoying was juice inside of a spray bottle. When we finished up our session, I filled his mouth up with a whole bunch of extra […]

Bubbles With Emma and Maggie

The other day was a great work day, everything ran super smooth and the chimps cooperated with us when it was time to come inside, we got done with all the norms really early and had time to focus on […]

Patti’s Vitamins

Each day, the chimps take vitamins before breakfast. Everyone loves them…except for Patti. Don’t get me wrong, she gets super excited for the orange flavored vitamin-c and the gummy bear multivitamin, but when it comes time for the fish oil […]

Patti’s Vitamins

Each day, the chimps take vitamins before breakfast. Everyone loves them…except for Patti. Don’t get me wrong, she gets super excited for the orange flavored vitamin-c and the gummy bear multivitamin, but when it comes time for the fish oil […]

Bubbles With Emma and Maggie

The other day was a great work day, everything ran super smooth and the chimps cooperated with us when it was time to come inside, we got done with all the norms really early and had time to focus on […]

Jackson Shares

I was doing behavioral training with Jackson yesterday and one of the rewards he was enjoying was juice inside of a spray bottle. When we finished up our session, I filled his mouth up with a whole bunch of extra […]

My little helper, Thiele

One night at dinner time, I made my rounds to secure all outside doors before serving the chimps with their dinner bags.  When I reached the top floor of the Playhouse, I spotted Jackson sitting by the door.  I started […]

Maggie and the iPhone

This morning I had just let chimps into the Playroom when one of our volunteers realized that she had left her jacket inside when we were cleaning. I told her no problem, I’d make sure to get in there and […]

Alfie and Linky, The Cats at Chimps Inc.

A night chill is in the air, a snowshoe hare rustles in some shrubs close to her burrow. This small commotion alerts a dangerous predator, and soon he spots her from nearly 250 feet afar. The prowl has initiated. An […]