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New Boots

We often use shoes as enrichment for the chimps, usually not getting much of a reaction, but when a special person brings a pair of shoes, the chimps can’t help but get excited. Yesterday caregiver, Kaleigh brought in a nice […]

Chimpmas is Finally Here!

As many of you might know, we here at Chimps Inc. tend to go all out on the holiday decorations to keep the environment festive! The chimps have enjoyed having a decorated Christmas tree that they can see from their […]

The Chimps Create Their Own Enrichment

As a caregiver, a lot of time is spent making sure all our chimps are happy and stimulated. This usually involves hiding treats in boxes or purses, making novel foods. This poses a big challenge for us, to always be […]

Herbie’s Quiet Time

Herbie is a chimp that appreciates his quiet time and will often sit alone inside when socializing becomes too much for him. I think we can all relate that sometimes you just need a break and want to relax by […]

Tea Time

The cold weather has struck Central Oregon.  Snow, wind, and rain have been consistent features of our daily life at Chimps Inc.  For the chimps this means more indoor time, blankets, creative enrichment and, of course, hot tea.  Thanks to […]

The Chimps’ Unique Habits

With cold weather and a good bit of snow on the ground, the chimps have been spending a lot of time inside lately. It’s so fun to catch glimpses of what they do to entertain themselves when they think no […]

Watching Jackson Learn

Herbie is renowned here at the sanctuary for finding hard plastic objects such as water bottles and raking them along the floor of the indoor Playhouse, making a horribly loud noise. This noise drives everyone crazy, including the other chimps […]

Michel Waller

Michel Waller is an assistant professor of anthropology at Central Oregon Community College and an instructor of anthropology for the University of Oregon. He studies bonobo and chimpanzee […]

Topo’s Favorite Show

As winter approaches and the temperature drops in Bend, the chimps are forced to spend more time indoors, particularly in the evening.  To curb indoor boredom for the chimps we offer as much stimulating enrichment as possible for them.  One […]

Working Alongside The Chimps

With winter approaching, we have been working on projects like tarping outdoor enclosures, landscaping, and resetting the garden. Today, I helped caregiver Makaela continue layering the garden with newspaper and mulch. The chimps had access to the Garden enclosure, which […]

Pumpkin Patch Party

Halloween is a spooktacular time here at Chimps Inc.!  The chimps enjoy some fall treats and get to see us humans dress up in funny costumes.  Another great thing about the end of October is we always have a massive […]

Chase With Topo

Topo and I got off to somewhat of a rocky start back when I was an intern and volunteer. For whatever reason, he wasn’t particularly fond of me and would usually avoid eye contact. However, since I transitioned into being […]

The Chimps Prepare For Halloween

Around the sanctuary we take holidays pretty seriously. Since the beginning of October, the sanctuary has been decorated for Halloween, full of pumpkins, spider webs, and skeletons. It seems now that the chimps are getting into the spirit too! While […]

A Special Bond With CJ

As many who have been to the sanctuary know, CJ and I have a very special relationship. Since day one, she has been in love with me—which she expresses through frequent flirtations. In CJ’s style of chimp flirting, she droops […]

Getting to Know Jackson

I’m gradually getting to know each of the chimps, and having a great time doing it. Jackson is one of those I initially thought I probably wouldn’t get to know well, but it turns out he is very interesting. A […]

Working With Apes Abroad

One of our newest caregivers, Rebecca, started her job as a caregiver here at Chimps Inc. after returning from Borneo this summer. Her experience there was part of her graduate program in conservation biology where this location focused on primate […]

Jackson’s Concoctions

Jackson has a vibrant and hilarious personality that keeps everyone at Chimps Inc. laughing. Whether he is playing with a massive ball or destroying office chairs, he is always having fun.  Today, like any other day, I gave Jackson his […]

Reflecting on My Internship

I just spent two months at an amazing place. Chimps Inc. is doing wonderful things to care for their chimps and I was so excited to help them. The best parts were being able to hang out with the chimps. […]

Building Friendships With Chimpanzees

Looking back at my first week and a half at Chimps Inc., it feels like time has gone by pretty quickly. I believe I’ve met most of the regular volunteers, and everyone has been very welcoming and supportive. The caregivers […]

Signing And Understanding

It’s amazing when I see anyone signing. I think it’s a cool language. It’s even cooler when I see a non-human primate signing. I know that they don’t sign in the wild, but the fact that they are capable of […]