Chimp Sanctuary

Visiting the Sanctuary


Summer Visitors


Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is NOT open to the public.


Over the last few years we have experienced more demand for tours than we are able to accommodate with our limited staff and commitment to not disrupting the lives of the chimpanzees in a negative way.


However, we do want to provide a way for donors - those who have chosen to financially support our mission - to come see the sanctuary in person. Therefore, in the summer months of 2017 (July, August, and September), we will be offering visits to donors who preregister online. We will make the dates and the online registration form available in the spring and will notify donors of this opportunity at that time.

The visits begin with an introductory presentation (about 30 minutess) in an open barn. Following the presentation, there will be a guided visit closer to the chimpanzees' enclosure, still at a respectful distance from the chimps. This outdoor observation will take place during the the chimps' lunch, which, weather permitting, will consist of a forage for the chimpanzees on Young's Hill - the chimps' two-acre outdoor habitat. If weather does not permit a forage on the hill, the chimps will have their lunch in the greenhouse, which is also visible from the covered observation area.


Due to the length of the visit and the level of the material presented, visits are only appropriate for adults and children 10 and up.

The sanctuary is on a rural ranch, and the visitor observation area is up a short but steep gravel hill, which is not navigable with a wheelchair or by those with serious mobility issues.

As you observe the chimpanzees, the staff will continue to present information and you can freely ask questions.

We ask that visitors arrive between 12:00 and 12:20 (no earlier, please) so that we can begin the presentation promptly at 12:30pm. The total length of the visit is an hour to an hour and a half. Binoculars and cameras are welcome.

These visits are limited to a certain number of people per visit, so it is imperative that you list the number of guests you will be bringing when you register.

We know not everyone will be able to visit the sanctuary, so we share the daily lives of Negra, Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, and Missy through stories, photos, and videos. Please check our blog for updates.

Thank you for your interest in meeting the Cle Elum Seven! If you would like to help in other ways, please click here