Storm Aid 2015

Storm Aid 2015

In the early morning hours of February 6, 2015 Chimps Inc. was hit by a devastating wind storm that lasted into the evening.

“When I arrived at work, the driveway leading to the sanctuary was littered with downed trees.  As I got closer, I noticed that a massive tree had fallen just feet from one of the habitats.    The tree had not just broken but the roots were completely ripped from the earth.  As I approached the Playhouse, I saw that tiles from the roof were covering the ground.  The parameter fence protecting our garden was flattened by the intense wind and the storm was only beginning.”
Marla O’Donnell, Executive Director 

20150206_092555As with any situation, the safety of our residents and team are a top priority.  As the storm raged on, we retreated inside to create enrichment designed to keep the chimps and lynx entertained throughout the day and their minds off of the storm.    


“A storm this severe was so unexpected. It took me a moment to realize what was happening but when I realized the full extent of the damage and the severity of the situation I was truly shocked. We are so fortunate that no one, chimp or human, was injured by any of the falling trees or flying debris.”          Kaleigh Rhoads, Caregiver 



The chimps were checked on throughout the evening and the darkness of the night was finally met with stillness.

As we arrived the next day, the devastation was realized.  We now must put our extra energy into the revitalization efforts of our beautiful sanctuary. 

It wasn’t until we were attempting to put one of the lynx dens back together that we fully understood the severity of the storm. The wind was so strong that the roof we were trying to reattach kept being ripped from our hands again and again.”   Rachel Bronstein, Senior Caregiver


Please help us in our relief efforts by making a donation today!     




“We balanced our day by ensuring the safety of the sanctuary while also monitoring the psychological welfare of the animal rescues. All of the animals were nervous and on edge upon coming in the morning of the storm. By continuously offering fun activities and toys for them to play with throughout the day, we were able to keep them busy and engaged while the storm came through.  It was like a scene from the Wizard of Oz… It’s situations like this where working with animals becomes more than a 9-5 job. We do not call it a day until everyone has a safe, secure and dry home to sleep in.”
Shayla Scott, Senior Caregiver

“The chimps were extremely unsettled when we arrived in the morning, and their nervousness built throughout the day as the wind refused to die down. We kept them occupied with movies, enrichment, and lots of reassurance, but this is one of the hardest parts of not being able to talk to them — not being able to explain what was happening, that they were safe, and that everything was going to be ok.”   Rachel Bronstein, Senior Caregiver


Please join our Chimps Inc. family in revitalizing our sanctuary and making it everything that our residents so richly deserve!