Outdoor Chimpanzee Habitats

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.

The largest of these enclosures, the Big Outdoors, is nearly one acre in size.  Here the chimps can climb a 30 foot, tri-level tower with fire hose cargo nets and telephone poles scaling the sides. An underground tunnel provides a cool retreat during hot summer days and colorful cement structures littered throughout the enclosure serve as great hiding places.  The simulated termite mound always draws reverberating pant hoots from the excited chimps when filled with peanut butter and ketchup.  Besides serving as an excellent form of enrichment, it promotes natural chimpanzee behaviors by giving them the opportunity to make and use tools found in the enclosures (usually sticks but they get creative sometimes…) to fish out the goodies, just like they would in the wild.

Outdoor habitats