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 […]

Bonding With Thiele

Thiele is known to be a “chimp’s chimp”, one that doesn’t care much about humans (unless they have food). She gets along wonderfully with all of the other chimps and even knows how to handle Herbie well, who is notorious […]

In Awe of the Chimps

A sunny pre-fall day last Thursday, during my volunteer time and Jackson and Herbie were in the  front enclosure…Jackson was wanting to have caregiver Kaleigh chase him. I had never seen the chimps run and play…what a sight!! Jackson chased […]

Patti’s 33rd Birthday Party

Friday September 11th 2015 was an amazing day at Chimps Inc. because it was Patti’s 33rd birthday. Before we could celebrate with the birthday girl and her friends, we had to decorate for the festive day. We put streamers up […]

More Than Just Animals

Taking care of animals is often more than just taking care of animals. For the small team of staff at Chimps Inc., we extend ourselves to realms beyond our natural being. To the best of our abilities, we strive to […]

Big Outdoors fun!

Today was a beautiful sunny day here in Central Oregon!  Fall is coming and the temperatures are beginning to drop.   The lower temperatures give all the animals at the sanctuary more opportunities for activity.  Today was a perfect example of […]

Topo Is A Young Man At Heart

With the 20th anniversary of Chimps Inc approaching, we’ve been browsing through photos of the chimps when the sanctuary first opened in 1995. Topo, our resident alpha male who is turning 50 years old this year, was a young, thirty […]

I Wish I Could Play With The Chimps All Day

Working with chimps that have been raised by humans and rescued from the pet and entertainment industry is an incredibly unique experience. These chimps are so much more interested in what the people around them are doing and would often […]

Crab Apple Forage

The end of the growing season is near and the chimps couldn’t be more excited.  Around this time of year, all of the apple trees are dropping apples for the chimps to enjoy.  Patti, in particular, loves crab apples!  We […]

CJ is going Swimming and Emma is Picking Flowers

Every Tuesday afternoon, I arrive at Chimps, Inc to volunteer my time to work in the kitchen & make exciting meal choices. I have been arriving like this for about 8 years. Yes, 8 yrs !! This past Tues, I […]

Hot Day = Cold Treats

We are currently in the midst of a heat wave here in Bend, Oregon.  The hot weather makes it difficult for many of the animals around the sanctuary, most notably the lynx.  Alfie and Linky both have thick coats, which […]

CJ Gets Ready For A Pool Party

Aside from a few documented wild families, most chimpanzees are afraid of water, a biological response due to their already highly developed arboreal traveling abilities. This behavior is perpetuated by the continuation of a fear culture among chimpanzees: if everyone […]

Jackson is Glamour

Walking into the chimp kitchen today, I noticed Rachel and Kaleigh huddled in the hallway. I looked through the glass and saw Jackson sitting at the mesh, Rachel’s phone turned to him with its front-facing camera on — a mirror […]

Topo’s Kids Camp

The sanctuary’s first ever Topo’s Kids Camp went off without a hitch on July 23rd this summer, welcoming an eager group of youngsters from Sisters, Oregon! The day campers were invited to experience the life of a chimpanzee and learn […]