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Letters to Santa

If Jackson could write a letter to Santa, it might go something like this…… Dear Santa, Well hello there, Mr. Claus. My name is Jackson but you can call me Jackson “Brown,” if you so wish. My letter to you is important […]

Making Friends

I have been at the sanctuary as an intern for two weeks now, and while I have loved just about every minute — from making fun enrichment such as blanket forts, to preparing the chimps’ daily meals while under their watchful […]

Solar Powered Patti

Sometimes, all a chimp needs is a hardy dose of natural vitamin D.  All of the animals at Chimps Inc. were rewarded with blue skies and warm rays of sun.  After what seemed like weeks of clouds, wind and rain, this […]

My Favorite Part of the Day

My favorite part of the day is when it’s just me and chimps. When everyone else has gone home and all of the day’s tasks are finished, when the sanctuary is calm and quiet, and the chimps are settling in […]

A Letter to Santa?

Today is National Letter Writing Day; a designated day to put down those electrical devices and resort to the good, old fashioned, pen/paper method.  Who better to support this day but our chimp friend, Mr. Jackson.  Here he is looking very […]

New Executive Director at Chimps Inc.

November 20, 2014 Chimps Inc. Announces New Executive Director The Board of Directors of Chimps Inc. is pleased to announce that Marla O’Donnell has been appointed the new Executive Director.  Marla has over seventeen years in leadership experience, having built […]

Carla McGinley

Carla (Young) McGinley was born in Redmond, Oregon and grew up on a dairy farm there. She was a member of a horse 4-H club and participated in horse shows through high school. During that same time she began participating in the Western States Junior Rodeo Association and in sanctioned rodeo’s throughout the Northwest. Carla is […]

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 […]

Jackson and the Office Chair

Enrichment comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s painting, puzzle feeders, toys, clothing, or even structural enrichment like hammocks and ropes, as long as it entertains the chimps and keeps them cognitively stimulated, we consider it successful. A novel object […]

Intern Testimonials

As I look back on the past four weeks of my internship, I really cannot believe how quickly time has gone by. When I think about all that I have learned thus far and all that I will still be […]

Remembering Maggie

One year ago today our beloved Maggie passed away suddenly from unexpected complications related to heart disease. She was only 23-years-old. Maggie was the perfect example of how ex-pet and entertainment chimps continue to suffer daily from the trauma and […]

Playing Chase with Jackson

Jackson is the chimp that reminds me most of a kid, which makes sense since he is an adolescent. After being here for a few days, I came out one morning, saw Jackson, and the look on his face clearly […]

Large and In Charge

Thiele, Chimps Inc.’s largest resident, is a big girl in every way. Big heart, big personality, and, obviously, big belly. You would think that such a large creature would have to heave herself around from place to place but Thiele is surprisingly agile, […]