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.  Lesley and her furry family lives in Tumalo on property that adjoins the sanctuary.  Through the years, Lesley has played a major role in fundraising for local charities.  She started Chimps Inc. in 1995 with the arrival of Topo, and is proud to be able to offer permanent homes to chimpanzees and big cats.