Cauliflower Power!

In week 2 of the Great Ape Cook-Off, the chefs were tasked with making a dish for the chimps using cauliflower and nutritional yeast. Obviously you’re all familiar with cauliflower but it’s definitely this year’s trendy vegetable and is rich […]

What’s in a Chow?

We kicked off The Great Ape Cook-Off with a primate chow challenge! Primate chow is a nutritional biscuit that the chimps all receive daily in addition to balanced meals throughout the day. The chimps love their chow biscuits, sometimes soaking […]

Introducing the Great Ape Cook-Off

One of my favorite things to do when I have some extra time during the day is to make creative, novel, and sometimes elaborate meals for the chimps. I have always loved making special meals for their birthdays and was […]

Thiele & Topo Play Time

Thiele & Topo were laughing and playing together in C enclosure this morning while I was cleaning. I turned around and saw Thiele hanging upside down from the ceiling mesh, cracking up while Topo sat under her laughing. Even the […]

Determined Herbie

Herbie needed a blanket in the Playhouse to get comfortable for the evening. Even though there were lots of blankets lying on the floor, he had chosen one with eight pink ties around it that had been tied to a […]

CJ’s Winter Apparel

It’s common sense that you shouldn’t give something to a chimpanzee if you really want it back, but occasionally staff members will give the chimps a personal item. CJ has a particular affinity for hats and headbands and this week […]

Jackson and the Yummy Image

Oh, those lovable chimps.  The other day, caregiver Kaleigh and I were handing out the last “meal” of the day: a special, healthy offering we call treats. These tasty snacks are usually unique and creative. In the human world, we […]

A Spooky Day at Chimps Inc.

Like lots of people all over the world, the chimps rang in Halloween with both tricks and treats!  Our amazing staff prepared a ghoulishly good time that would definitely earn the Great Pumpkin’s seal of approval.  The chimps enjoyed grape […]

An Ode to Topo

Never a finer soul have I seen Than that of Topo, the chimpanzee He IS alpha male, for all to see Wondering what each day will be Strong and patient Wise and gentle Playful and loving Wishing that humans could […]

Help Apes This Halloween

It’s that time of year again! The days are getting colder, party plans are being made, costumes are being picked out, and people are stocking up their homes on spooky decorations and candy. Keep your Halloween fun and animal friendly […]

Goodnight Chimps

The hours between 4:30 and 6:30pm are quiet at the sanctuary, a time when we are wrapping up are the while the chimps watch a movie and relax before their evening treats. It’s typically only caregivers around at this time, […]

Spooky October with the Chimps

October has arrived! Yellow leaves are piling up on the ground, the air is getting colder, and it’s time to decorate the sanctuary for Halloween! This week, I pulled the bins of decorations out of storage and began to set […]

Intern Education

A few weeks ago I started an ethogram with Patti. An ethogram is a behavioral observation study that catalogs all the different kinds of behavior or activity observed in an animal. There are many different types of ethograms, but the […]

Jackson the Innovator

Jackson has such a fun personality. He is always looking for new ways to entertain himself whether it is carrying around a stuff animal to play catch with a caregiver or swinging upside down and around the enclosures trying to […]

Plants of the Apes

As you probably know, chimpanzees are largely fruit, nut and foliage consumers. While central Oregon’s desert climate is not exactly similar to the lush, equatorial belt of central Africa, chimps are nothing if not adaptive. And for the residents of […]

Bonding With The Chimps

I started my internship with Chimps Inc. three weeks ago and my experiences so far have been truly amazing and a little overwhelming at first. Not being too keen on strangers, the chimps took their time getting used to and […]

Meeting & Greeting the Chimps

I have been an intern at Chimps Inc for 3 weeks and it has been absolutely amazing. I have been able to bond with the chimps and learned a lot about them. This weekend was the first “meet and greet” […]

The Chimps Get New Toys!

Today the Chimps had some very curious and generous visitors from a local Girl Scouts troop and a local Cub Scouts troop.  Several months ago, the Girl Scouts had worked with a few local businesses and groups including: Bend Pet […]

Food Grunts

Last week we had the opportunity to pass out some fun enrichment for the chimps. One of the local schools, MA Lynch Elementary, made the chimps cheerio necklaces. All of the chimps were so excited to receive them. After we […]

CJ’s Spring Clean Project

Last week was our annual Spring Clean event, when staff, volunteers, and interns spend two full days deep cleaning every inch of the sanctuary. While we were busy scrubbing and pressure washing structures in the outdoor enclosures, CJ had her […]