Chimps in a Snow Storm

Chimps in a Snow Storm

November brought freezing weather and heaps of snow to Central Oregon.  At Chimps Inc. we always have to make the best of everything Mother Nature throws at us and this storm was no different.  With the chimps inside all day because of the low temperatures, we decided to make some fun “sno-richment” for the chimps.  With the help of our amazing interns, we filled pools full of snow and added berries, juice, and various other snacks for the chimps to forage.  Boy did they love it!  Herbie, Thiele, Jackson, and CJ all took turns digging through the chilled goodness in the pool until every last treat was found and they had their fill of ice-cold snow.

The next day brought us lower temperatures and very little sunshine so we spruced up the playroom for the chimps.  We covered the floor with straw for the chimps to forage through.  We also added new furniture, which Patti loved so much she sat in the playroom for hours without leaving.  It’s so nice to see the chimps appreciate all of our hard work!  The next day gave us more clouds and low temperatures.

Patti enjoys her new arm chair.

Patti enjoys her new arm chair.

The chimps loved the snow pools so much we couldn’t resist making everyone their very own snow cone.  As the saying goes, “When life gives you snow, make snow cones!”  The cups were filled with snow, a touch of juice mix was added for taste and color, and the delicious creations were topped with berries. They treats were passed out and the chimps chowed down on the snow cones.  Herbie definitely experienced “brain freeze” he ate his so fast.

Thiele enjoys a snow cone.

Thiele enjoys a snow cone.

Luckily, for the chimps, the next day the sun poked her head out and temperatures warmed up just enough for the chimps to get outside to stretch their legs.  We dug out as much snow as we could and put plenty of blankets out so they could stay warm.  The door opened and they stampeded out almost busting down the door in the process.  Emma, however, felt the cold air and turned right around.  She found out why we kept her inside all this time.  Meanwhile, the other chimps soaked up the rays of the sun, ate some snow, and exercised for a short time before the chill took over and forced them back in.  Winter in Central Oregon can be a difficult time for the chimps, but with a little creativity and some sun the chimps will make it through the winter just fine.

Kevin, Caregiver