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The Chimps Comfort Each Other

Chimpanzees that are raised in captivity can develop abnormal behaviors and continue to deal with stress even after they’ve been moved to sanctuary and are housed in normal-size social groups and efforts are made to enrich their lives. These behaviors […]

Jackson is Growing Up

Everyone at Chimps Inc (and probably many of our Facebook followers) know Jackson as our resident mischievous teenage male. Just like a lot of human teenagers, Jackson enjoys roughhousing and stirring things up. Volunteers know that he is most likely […]

Everyone Loves Karen's Day

Every Tuesday, the enrichment calendar reads “Karen’s Day”. What does this mean? Long term volunteer Karen does an amazing job searching for new and exciting enrichment for the chimps and brings in a variety of toys, clothes, books, and more. […]

World Animal Day 2014

Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day! What a great day to celebrate! World Animal Day was started by ecologists at a 1931 conference in Florence as a day intended to highlight the plight of endangered species. Learn more about […]

The Chimpanzee in the Mirror

It’s no secret that chimpanzees can recognize themselves in mirrors and yet it is fascinating to watch every time we catch them inspecting themselves. This week, a compact mirror was placed in one of the outdoor enclosures as enrichment. While […]

Patti's 32nd Birthday Bash!

My favorite thing to see on the Chimps Inc’s Facebook page before my internship started was the chimps’ birthdays. I thought it was wonderful that the sanctuary put so much effort into making it a special day for all of […]

CJ Wants a Pair of Gloves

This week I was blowing up latex gloves like balloons and the chimps seemed very interested in this trick. Jackson made a play face and laughed at this but CJ seemed especially interested in getting her hands on the gloves. […]

Jackson and His Toys

Here at Chimps Inc we use lots of plush animals as enrichment for the chimps. While some of these toys are ignored, occasionally one of the chimps finds a toy that they absolutely love. Several weeks ago, Patti, who is […]

Chimps Cracking Coconuts

Last week the chimps each received their own coconut. While some of the chimps determined that breaking through that hard shell just wasn’t worth the effort, a few of them were determined to get the tasty treat inside. CJ was […]

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Review

When discussing the new Planet of the Apes film, many people I spoke to seemed unsure of how I would react to it, since I have been known to strongly discourage my friends from seeing movies featuring chimpanzees. Chimps Inc […]

Shoe Fever

Because they were raised around humans, many of the chimps here at Chimps Inc enjoy very humanized enrichment, such as clothes, brushes, and tools. All of the chimps here seem to have a special affinity for shoes. Luckily there are […]

Tea and Biscuits with Jackson

Each and every chimp has their own way of eating their daily primate chow biscuits. CJ tastes a small bite of each one before digging in, Herbie gets his water bottle at the ready to soften the crunchy biscuits in […]


Here at Chimps Inc, our goal is to make sure that the chimps are happy. Sometimes, when we think about all that these chimps went through in their previous lives; exploitation, cruelty, confusion, abandonment, loneliness; we are amazed at their […]

Miss Thiele’s 28th Birthday Bash

Thiele is not usually the most human-interactive chimpanzee at Chimps Inc. She is friends with just about every chimp at the sanctuary and can often be found grooming another chimp but few volunteers get the pleasure of having a deep […]

New Studies in Ape Communication

Many animal lovers, including myself, would love the opportunity to speak with animals. Any person who works with animals would probably agree that clear communication would make their jobs much easier. I often see exchanges between chimpanzees at Chimps Inc […]

Tug ‘O War

Volunteers at Chimps Inc do not have direct contact with the chimps so we have to get creative with the ways that we interact and play with the chimps. Sometimes we blow bubbles for them or chase them around the […]

Like Us: Chimpanzee Personalities

This year, research from Georgia State University determined that chimpanzees have similar personality traits to humans and that they are structured almost identically. Researchers used questionnaires to access a chimpanzee’s personality and rated them on traits such as dominance, playfulness, […]

Open House 2014: Children Meet The Chimps

At our annual Open House / Hootenanny visitors arrived with many questions about the chimpanzee residents of Chimps Inc. I had the opportunity to talk a lot about chimpanzees in captivity and to dispel many myths. Truly though, the most […]

Patti and the Worm

Going around to hand out nightly treats with Chimps Inc. founder, Lesley, is always fun. It is amazing to watch how these chimpanzees interact with a person whom they’ve known for so many years, and something interesting always happens. This […]

The Trust Game

While cleaning one morning, I noticed Thiele and Herbie sitting very closely together and laughing. I paused what I was doing to observe them and saw that Thiele had her hand in Herbie’s mouth and both were laughing hysterically as […]