What Eyes Can Tell

Of the many fascinating characteristics observed in chimpanzees, my favorite happens to be the various facial expressions they exhibit. By observing and comparing facial expressions with circumstances that surround their environment, we acquire insight on what might be going through their mind. […]

Chimp Gardening

The weather is beautiful here in Central Oregon which means the chimps get to enjoy some fresh veggies from the garden.  One of our enjoyable duties here is to maintain the gardens for the chimps.  We are lucky enough to […]

The Chimps Have A Spa Day

Well, maybe not quite a spa day but we do have ways of pampering the chimps and taking care of their health without them even realizing it! The dry climate of Bend, Oregon can take its toll on all of […]

Happy 17th Birthday To Linky

Happy Birthday Linky! Linky is one of the two lynx we have here at Chimps Inc. and he turned 17 this Friday! Linky is a Canadian lynx and can be recognized by his smaller size (about 20 inches tall) and […]

The Chimps Test Their New Enrichment

Yesterday, on intern Alana’s last day, we added a new piece of structural enrichment that she had built for the chimps to their large indoor playhouse. A seat that looked like roller coaster chairs was hung up from the ceiling […]

The Sounds of Grooming

It was a beautiful day today at Chimps Inc. Many of the chimps were lounging around in the sun and grooming each other. While grooming, chimps often vocalize by making lip-smacking noises. Jackson can sometimes be heard making a form […]

Quality Time With Herbie

We’ve realized recently that there is a shortage of stories about Herbie on our blog so I’d love to tell you about this special chimp for whom I have a soft spot. Because of Herbie’s traumatic background as a pet, […]

Dandelions for Patti

Patti loves eating dandelions, and will often catch the attention of one of the caregivers as they walk past, and point to a patch of them growing next to an outdoor enclosure just out of her reach. Today she got my attention […]

Jackson the Improviser

The chimps have been engrossed with the recent unbreakable mirror donations we have received recently, and Jackson simply can’t get enough of looking at his handsome self. Recently, when a mirror isn’t handy, we have seen him on multiple occasions […]

Welcome to the Snow!

As a new volunteer at Chimps Inc. it has been my pleasure watching the chimps run and play and explore in their playhouses and large outdoor areas, as well as occasionally relaxing in the sunshine during the last few 70⁰F […]

Sharing is Caring

Yesterday, we celebrated female chimp, CJ’s 16th birthday. What a lovely day of sun, warmth, and colorful gifts for the chimps to enjoy. So many colorful bags filled with special toys and treats, unique to the personalities of each chimp. […]

The Garden Hose Thieves

Today I stumbled upon two mischievous chimpanzees; one going by the name of Jackson, and the other by CJ, which fittingly, stands for Calamity Jane. At first I was just passing by and was distracted by the ever so playful […]

The Joy of Spring

Sometimes waking up early in the morning to volunteer is tough. Even when it means you get to spend the morning with your favorite chimpanzees. Lately, however, there’s a bit of magic in the air. The birds are chirping all […]

The Chimps Play With Mirrors

It is rare to find an item for enrichment that all the chimps can enjoy. As caregivers, we always appreciate opportunities to stimulate the chimps lives without the use of food. Last week, the chimps received a donation of mirrors […]

A Present for Herbie

Herbie loves jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, bows, you name it. His favorite, though, are rings, and he’s been coveting one of mine for over a year now. This particular ring has two bands: one that goes on your finger, and another that […]

Earth Day at Chimps Inc.

Today the Chimps Inc. family celebrated Earth Day! This is a perfect time of year at the sanctuary to celebrate Earth Day, as the weather is warming up and our chimps love spending long days basking in the sun. Here […]

Emma Becomes A Teenager

On Wednesday, April 15th , the Chimps, Inc. community celebrated our youngest chimpanzee’s 13th birthday. For Emma’s special day, our caregivers, volunteers, and current intern began the morning by setting up various play areas for the chimpanzees. We ensured that […]

Post-Easter Afternoon

Post Easter celebration yields relaxation for all…. After several rounds of Easter egg hunts and forages, all of the animals at Chimps Inc. are now enjoying a peaceful, semi-lazy Sunday afternoon. Patti is lounging in the Big Outdoor habitat where […]

Easter Eggs For Chimps

Here, here for colorful, little, oval-shaped objects that hold tasty treasures inside! The chimps know Easter quite well. It is the only time of year when large bins of eggs get dispersed sporadically throughout all outdoor habitats. Staff take over […]