Tube Time With Thiele

Ever since I met these chimps two years ago, I have been bonding with each chimp in different ways. Some have taken longer than others to warm up to me, and for some chimps, our friendship for the day depends […]

Peanut Forage

The chimps sure love a good forage.  It encourages natural behavior and can occupy the chimps for a good amount of time.  Every so often, we throw out a big peanut forage and watch the chimps scavenge for shelled peanuts.  […]

A Quiet Afternoon With Topo, Patti & Thiele

It’s late afternoon and Thiele, Patti and Topo lounge inside, soaking up the warm rays of sun; protected from Bend’s chilly winter weather. I catch Thiele’s interest with bubbles, and she saunters over to me. She opens her mouth wide, […]

The Tunnels

One of the chimps favorite spots to hang out are the tunnels. When the weather is warm they love to spend their time outside in the tunnels that connect their indoor space to the large open enclosures. They carry blankets […]

Jackson Style

You may have ordered a burger “Animal Style” but I’m here to tell you about “Jackson Style”. Jackson makes the same modifications to many of the food that he eats. Each morning, he refuses to take his gummy vitamins individually […]

The Chimps Get Their Nails Done

This week, I set out to trim the chimps fingernails. Some of them manage to keep them pretty short and tidy all on their own, while others definitely need some assistance. Thiele is one chimp who especially seemed to enjoy […]

Shredded Paper FUN

 Many of us have been enjoying the cold and snow as we head up to the mountains for all our favorite winter sports. Even our two lynx cats have been much more energetic in this cooler weather. However, our 7 […]

New Enrichment

Due to the extremely cold weather lately, every day is a challenge to clean as many chimp enclosures as possible, without sending them outside. I am often asked if the chimps like the snow, and my response is always- How […]

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 […]

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 […]