The Odd Jobs in Caring for Chimps

The Odd Jobs in Caring for Chimps

Wow, what an amazing first couple of weeks here at Chimps Inc. I am honored to be able to participate in the internship program at such a beautiful facility right here in my hometown. The seasons are changing and summer is just right around the corner. The crew of volunteers, interns and caregivers have been taking full advantage of this spring weather by checking a few projects off the to-do list. On any given day, there might be only one or two caregivers on site and a few volunteers, but with daily operations still taking place there seems to never be enough time to complete some of the necessary projects such as landscaping, general maintenance, and preparing for yet another busy day. Fortunately, Josh (the other intern) and I are able to lend a helping hand where needed and keep up the job of checking off the tasks from the project list. We immediately picked up some tools and dove into the garden beds to remove weeds. Once we sufficiently cleaned up the beds, the crew was then able to plant flowers and replace the bark chips on the surface of the garden beds. It looks amazing now. The big outdoor enclosure was next on our list. The chimps were placed in an adjoining facility which allowed us access to the main enclosure and complete some general landscaping like weed whacking and mowing which I am sure the residents appreciated. The most recent project we finished was reorganizing the tool shed that contains the landscaping tools but also fun things for the chimps like shoes, stuffed animals and toys. These extra items are obviously important for the chimps well-being and peace of mind. It has been two weeks here at Chimps Inc. and I am now familiar with the daily operations and can confidentially say that I feel as if I am making a difference here. Taking care of animals is generally not glamorous as it involves a lot of hard work. Never the less, it is a noble endeavor that I am proud of. I am still waiting for a thank you card from my primate friends, but I’m not holding my breath on that one!

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Scott S., Intern