Jackson Makes Soup

Last week, the chimps received special goodies in recycled coffee cans as part of Herbie’s birthday celebration. After all the festivities had ended and the chimps had all calmed down from the excitement I passed by Jackson. He was sitting […]

Fun Day for the “Old” Folks

The group arrangements here at Chimps Inc always keep things interesting, and today was no different. Thiele, who hadn’t been with her sister Patti for a few days, made it clear that she wanted to spend some time with her. […]

Old Enrichment Never Dies

The braided fire hose in this photo is a classic piece of enrichment which seemingly finds its way back to the chimps’ hands, time and time again. Created by one of our amazing past interns, almost five years ago, the […]

Iceberg Lettuce Galore

Today was a great day for the chimps, and it was all due to three cases of iceberg lettuce that a local produce vendor donated this morning. What’s so exciting about iceberg lettuce, you ask? I have no idea. Seriously, I just don’t […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

                                            Today the chimps and staff all celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.  The entire staff wore green and most of […]

Dandelions for Patti

Dandelions for Patti  Courtesy of early, spring-like weather, a few small dandelion patches have begun to sprout in areas around the sanctuary. Though most of us prefer to rid these little weeds from our garden, alpha-chimp, Patti begs the differ. These colorful blooms are enough to raise […]

Asking the Chimps for Help

Getting the chimps to come inside for dinner can be a real challenge some days, especially when the weather is still nice and sunny. This week, all of the chimps had come inside and were ready and waiting for dinner…except […]

Friday the Normal 13th

It’s Friday the 13th and so far nothing bad has happened!  I was expecting today to be erratic and full of trouble but it has turned out to be a great day!  It hasn’t even rained, though the sky looks […]

Training with the Chimps

Today I was lucky enough to watch a training session.  I was shocked to see how intelligent these chimps really are.  The chimps are trained to present different parts of their body for inspection.  This is all done by using positive […]

Jackson’s Big Project

I’ve written previously about Jackson’s fondness for dipping his primate chow biscuits in water to soften them up before he eats them. (Read more about this here!) This week though, Jackson took it to a whole new level. We set […]

A Photoshoot With The Chimps

A bright sunny day makes for a great opportunity for the chimpanzees to enjoy a late morning forage in the Big Outdoors enclosure. With plenty of donated greens and fruit to spread around the large enclosure, the chimps were in […]

Fun with Jackson

Jackson always seems to have fun, and today he was even more full of beans than usual, ready to be into everything. After the morning cleaning and food preparation was complete, I paid the rambunctious teenager a visit, and found […]

A Windy Day

Today is the windiest day I have seen here at Chimps Inc. Topo, Thiele and Emma won’t even think about going outside into the Big Outdoors enclosure.  They have been camping out inside the playhouse.  Even when we tried offering […]

Fun with Spray Bottles

This week, the chimps received spray bottles full of water and juice as novel new enrichment items. At first just spraying the water into their own mouths (as we expected), Patti began spraying another caregiver and I with water as […]

Emma and Jackson vs. The Big Scary Ball

On a recent bright and sunny day, an enormous red ball had been placed in the Big Outdoors for the chimpanzees to play with. A small crowd had gathered to see how the chimps would react to this interesting new toy, and […]

Getting Approval from the Chimps

As I train to take on more responsibility around the sanctuary and learn new things, I find myself being constantly observed and judged by the chimps. While practicing opening and closing chimp doors around the sanctuary and learning their locking […]

Whistling for CJ

It’s a beautiful day here at Chimps Inc. and all of the chimps are outside enjoying the clear skies.  However, it is a bit chilly.  The cold weather doesn’t seem to bother CJ as long as she has some blankets to […]

A Chowtime Shower

Recently, I was undergoing chow feeding training with Caregiver Rachel, passing out primate chow biscuits to each of the chimps. I had been very fortunate up to that point, all the chimps had shown impeccable manners. I’d just fed Jackson […]

Jackson’s Destructive 14th Birthday

It’s always a fun day here at Chimps Inc. when we get to celebrate a birthday.  Today was extra special because it is our resident jokester Jackson’s celebration.  Since Jackson is our most mischievous resident, we decided to make this […]

Topo and Thiele Have a Jam Sesh

I wrote recently about Thiele and Herbie having some fun, giggling, and playing games. Thiele also has a great relationship with our other resident adult male, Topo. When Thiele is in the same room as Topo, they occasionally play a […]