Lazing on a Rainy Afternoon

It’s impressive how quickly the weather changes around here; just yesterday we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, and this afternoon it’s cold and rainy outside. It’s not exactly a ‘playing outside in the sunshine’ kind of day, and most of […]

Thiele And Herbie Get The Giggles

All of the chimps at Chimps Inc have different relationships with each other and play different roles depending on which chimp they are spending time with. This week, when groups were switched around so that Herbie and Thiele were together, […]

Patti’s Cheery Day

Sometimes you wake up on the right side of the bed and just can’t help being happy, and Princess Patti was having one of those days! As I walked past the Front enclosure, I was surprised to see Patti lying […]

A Hat from Herbie

Herbie has found a new friend in Linda, one of our regular Tuesday volunteers. He gets so excited when she comes around. She hadn’t been out to volunteer for three weeks until yesterday, and so when she walked over to tell him […]

Humor Me, Topo

Behavioral training sessions with Topo are often more comical than productive.  Topo is always so resistant in showing us his intelligent side as if it were a weakness of sorts.  During sessions, he often exhibits a demeanor that seems as […]

The Chimps Watch Us Cook

The prep kitchen at Chimps Inc is set up with a huge window, so that the chimps can see into the kitchen and watch what volunteers, caregivers, and interns are preparing for them. Usually, one or two chimps takes a […]


While the chimps demand the most attention here at the sanctuary, we can’t forget how important it is to keep our two beloved lynx entertained as well.   Like most cats, Alfie and Linky are solitary and don’t need as much […]

The Sounds of a Social Chimp

Grooming is an important social behaviour for chimpanzees, one that solidifies friendships and alliances, acts as a gesture of reconciliation after a falling out, and also plays a function in keeping their skin and hair clean and free from dirt […]

Sister, Sister!

I think I can speak for most interns and volunteers when I say that feeding chow biscuits is the favorite part of our day. It gives you a chance to interact closely with the chimps, plus, being seen as a […]

Christmas with the Chimps

The cries of excitement filled the air as sanctuary founder Lesley arrived (dressed in a Christmas onesie and a Santa hat!) with the chimpanzees’ Christmas Eve dinner — and so began the Christmas celebrations at Chimps Inc. Leading up to […]

Playing Chase With Topo

Playing chase with the chimps is a fun way to interact with them safely. While Jackson outruns us quickly, playing chase with Topo tends to be a much slower affair. This week though, Topo seemed to be feeling particularly spry […]

Peanut Forage for the Chimps

                                      In the past week, the weather here in Bend has warmed up to more typical temperatures for this time of year, and […]

Simple Pleasures

While we rack our brains to come up with new, exciting, and novel enrichment for the chimps, sometimes they find the greatest pleasure in simple objects. The other morning, I arrived to find Emma sitting in front of the window […]

Letters to Santa

If Jackson could write a letter to Santa, it might go something like this…… Dear Santa, Well hello there, Mr. Claus. My name is Jackson but you can call me Jackson “Brown,” if you so wish. My letter to you is important […]

Making Friends

I have been at the sanctuary as an intern for two weeks now, and while I have loved just about every minute — from making fun enrichment such as blanket forts, to preparing the chimps’ daily meals while under their watchful […]

Solar Powered Patti

Sometimes, all a chimp needs is a hardy dose of natural vitamin D.  All of the animals at Chimps Inc. were rewarded with blue skies and warm rays of sun.  After what seemed like weeks of clouds, wind and rain, this […]

My Favorite Part of the Day

My favorite part of the day is when it’s just me and chimps. When everyone else has gone home and all of the day’s tasks are finished, when the sanctuary is calm and quiet, and the chimps are settling in […]

A Letter to Santa?

Today is National Letter Writing Day; a designated day to put down those electrical devices and resort to the good, old fashioned, pen/paper method.  Who better to support this day but our chimp friend, Mr. Jackson.  Here he is looking very […]

The Chimps Get Goofy

This week, it seemed that some of the chimps were acting extra playful. Upon walking into the chimps’ night house Emma greeted me by making faces and wobbling her head. I did the same back to her and she became […]

Getting to Know the Chimps Part 2

One year ago, I began volunteering at Chimps Inc and soon after, wrote about what my first few weeks were like getting to know the chimps. Since then, I have experienced so many amazing moments with the chimps and have […]