Chimps in a Snow Storm

November brought freezing weather and heaps of snow to Central Oregon.  At Chimps Inc. we always have to make the best of everything Mother Nature throws at us and this storm was no different.  With the chimps inside all day […]

Thiele And Emma Have A Girls’ Day

Thiele is one chimp that likes her down time but when she is ready to play she can be the life of the party. One day this week Thiele and Emma were inseparable. Emma didn’t seem in a mood to […]

Jackson and the Office Chair

Enrichment comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s painting, puzzle feeders, toys, clothing, or even structural enrichment like hammocks and ropes, as long as it entertains the chimps and keeps them cognitively stimulated, we consider it successful. A novel object […]

The Chimps Get Spooky

In the days before Halloween, we were all busy preparing for the big day. Costumes were planned, special enrichment was made, and banners were painted. We filled the outdoor enclosures with goodie bags filled with pretzels, nuts, and dried fruit […]

Topo Tries Technology

Today while volunteering, between cleaning and making meals, I was finally able to see Topo give the new iPad a whirl! It’s so fascinating to view and think about the intersection of modern technology with the care of these ancient-seeming […]

Remembering Maggie

One year ago today our beloved Maggie passed away suddenly from unexpected complications related to heart disease. She was only 23-years-old. Maggie was the perfect example of how ex-pet and entertainment chimps continue to suffer daily from the trauma and […]

Cooking With Emma

When I got here, I was making lunch for the chimps on my first day, and looking into the playhouse from the kitchen, I noticed Emma watching me at the window. I walked up and started talking to her and […]

The Chimps Comfort Each Other

Chimpanzees that are raised in captivity can develop abnormal behaviors and continue to deal with stress even after they’ve been moved to sanctuary and are housed in normal-size social groups and efforts are made to enrich their lives. These behaviors […]

Jackson is Growing Up

Everyone at Chimps Inc (and probably many of our Facebook followers) know Jackson as our resident mischievous teenage male. Just like a lot of human teenagers, Jackson enjoys roughhousing and stirring things up. Volunteers know that he is most likely […]

Playing Chase with Jackson

Jackson is the chimp that reminds me most of a kid, which makes sense since he is an adolescent. After being here for a few days, I came out one morning, saw Jackson, and the look on his face clearly […]

Everyone Loves Karen's Day

Every Tuesday, the enrichment calendar reads “Karen’s Day”. What does this mean? Long term volunteer Karen does an amazing job searching for new and exciting enrichment for the chimps and brings in a variety of toys, clothes, books, and more. […]

World Animal Day 2014

Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day! What a great day to celebrate! World Animal Day was started by ecologists at a 1931 conference in Florence as a day intended to highlight the plight of endangered species. Learn more about […]

Large and In Charge

Thiele, Chimps Inc.’s largest resident, is a big girl in every way. Big heart, big personality, and, obviously, big belly. You would think that such a large creature would have to heave herself around from place to place but Thiele is surprisingly agile, […]

The Chimpanzee in the Mirror

It’s no secret that chimpanzees can recognize themselves in mirrors and yet it is fascinating to watch every time we catch them inspecting themselves. This week, a compact mirror was placed in one of the outdoor enclosures as enrichment. While […]

Patti's 32nd Birthday Bash!

My favorite thing to see on the Chimps Inc’s Facebook page before my internship started was the chimps’ birthdays. I thought it was wonderful that the sanctuary put so much effort into making it a special day for all of […]

CJ Wants a Pair of Gloves

This week I was blowing up latex gloves like balloons and the chimps seemed very interested in this trick. Jackson made a play face and laughed at this but CJ seemed especially interested in getting her hands on the gloves. […]

Fun with Jackson and Tic Tac Toe with CJ

We were given some free time this afternoon to watch the chimps so I immediately headed to the chimp kitchen where there’s a large window looking into the Playhouse. Two of Chimps Inc.’s youngest residents, Jackson and CJ, were both lounging in […]

Jackson and His Toys

Here at Chimps Inc we use lots of plush animals as enrichment for the chimps. While some of these toys are ignored, occasionally one of the chimps finds a toy that they absolutely love. Several weeks ago, Patti, who is […]

Goodbye and Good Luck, Allie!

Very recently the whole team here at Chimps Inc. has had to say goodbye to Senior Caregiver Allie Morgan as she takes the next step in her career and heads to Nigeria for a year-long volunteer experience at a primate […]