Missy & Annie

May 27th, 2016 by J.B.

Your daily dose of playful rescued chimpanzees, brought to you by Missy and Annie.

Happy Birthday, Karen!

May 27th, 2016 by Katelyn

This day of sanctuary was sponsored by Ruth Mazner in honor of her daughter-in-law, Karen Emmerman Mazner, on her birthday! Karen and her family are such good friends to the chimpanzees and we are thrilled to share in her celebration! Ruth shared this lovely message about Karen:

“Karen is a strong advocate for animal rights. She devotes her life to teaching others that all living beings need to be treated with respect and love.”

Ruth, thank you so much for thinking of the chimpanzees as you honor Karen today with such a beautiful gift! We are so grateful to have the honor not only of knowing and caring for these seven amazing chimpanzees, but to be surrounded by all of the inspiring and compassionate humans they bring into all of our lives.

Karen, thank you so very much to you and your family for being part of our chimp family and for seeing them for the amazing beings they are. Our hearts are full of gratitude for all that you do to provide the chimps with lives in which their hearts and souls are ever expanding. All of us here at CSNW wish you the happiest of birthdays yet!!






What Gives Us Comfort

May 26th, 2016 by Elizabeth

Some of the Cle Elum Seven have become so attached to their favorite objects or habits that it’s hard to think of the individual without also thinking of their “thing.”

For Foxie, it’s a couple of dolls:


For Burrito, it’s a toy in his mouth:


For Jamie, it’s snuggling up with a boot:


For Negra, it’s a soft nest and a blanket over her head:


Happy Birthday, Marsha!

May 26th, 2016 by Katelyn

This day of sanctuary was sponsored by Bruce Wagman in honor of Marsha Perelman on her birthday! Bruce and Marsha are both amazing friends to not only the chimpanzees, but to animals everywhere, and we’re thrilled to celebrate Marsha’s special day here today! Bruce shared this wonderful message about today:

“About ten or more years ago, through the most random of coincidences involving asbestos, I was introduced to Marsha.  Over the course of time since then, she has been a client, a teacher, a student, a partner, and most important of all, a dear friend.  And she has been an invaluable supporter of the Cle Elum Seven and other chimpanzees, in more ways than anyone can count, but in essence, by giving them her heart (while keeping big chunks of it for her dogs).  All sorts of animals are so lucky Marsha’s heart was born.  As an example of Marsha’s heart in play:  When I told Marsha about the lives of the CSNW chimps before they got to their Cle Elum bliss, her immediate response was, “I just want to go there and meet them and tell them I’m sorry.”  No need, Marsha.  Your actions have made that clear.  Happy Birthday to a true companion along the road to make up for what has been done to the world’s superior species.”

Many thanks to you, Bruce, for sponsoring such a special day in honor of Marsha! We are so full of gratitude to have humans such as yourselves sharing your incredible hearts in the world and for all you both do to make the lives of not only these seven very special chimpanzees better in every way possible, but for the countless other amazing beings whose lives you’ve made a difference in.

Happiest of birthdays to you, Marsha, we hope your day is full of all the love, joy and comfort you provide to so many others! Thank you so much for being part of our chimp family. And hoots of happiness to you from these seven beautiful chimp people:














Negra close-up

Snake alarm!

May 25th, 2016 by Katelyn

Chimpanzees are very territorial and they are quick to respond if an “intruder” is spotted in their territory. If the intruder is someone who elicits fear or concern in the chimps they will respond by a vocalization known as “alarm calling.” This morning while the humans were cleaning the chimp house we suddenly heard loud alarm calls coming from Young’s Hill. When I ran out to see what all the hubbabaloo was about I could tell the chimpanzees had discovered a snake basking in the warmth of “Negra’s Cabin” and were banding together (well, with the exception of Burrito and Negra who watched from the safety of the greenhouse) to handle the situation.

After the crisis was averted everyone gathered in the doorway to Young’s Hill, their heads sticking out to survey the hill. But fierce Foxie bravely marched out all on her own, stood bipedally a safe distance from the cabin and gave things a final look to make sure the coast was clear for her family. Foxie may be little, but she is fierce.

Garden anticipation!

May 24th, 2016 by Anna

When caregivers so much as glance towards the garden growing outside the walls of the playroom, there is always a chimpanzee or two keeping a watch to make sure they aren’t missing out on something.  Today was no different, as volunteers Denice and Yuri tackled the weeding in the garden beds, I caught several members of the Cle Elum 7 spying from various vantage points.


My favorite photo of this morning was of Jody peeking around the corner of the raceway to Young’s Hill so she can see just exactly what’s happening to her vegetable patch:


It’s not really a big surprise to see so many watchful eyes on the garden when it’s already starting to produce!


Lunch Is On Us

May 23rd, 2016 by Elizabeth

Grab a snack, relax, and enjoy lunch with the Cle Elum Seven.

Negra, reinvented

May 22nd, 2016 by Keri

I’m used to telling people, Negra is more of a fair weather chimp. If there is any hint of wind or rain or if the temperature is too hot or too cold, she would most likely stay indoors. Also, if she does venture out onto Young’s Hill (the outdoor area of the chimps’ home), she usually sticks close to the building.

But, we’ve seen Negra exhibiting some “unusual behavior” this spring. She’s stayed out late, ventured to new areas on Young’s Hill (far away from the building) and is generally more independent.

So, today, the NOAA forecast called for “northwest wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph” and it seems pretty accurate. But, the Negra of today, doesn’t seem to mind the gusty winds or not so perfect temperatures as she was the first one out on the hill for the lunch forage we set up.








I love that after almost eight years in sanctuary, she is still reinventing herself!

this is what it’s all about

May 21st, 2016 by Diana

After a very successful gala and the outpouring of support for Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest’s plans to expand, plus the incredibly exciting and long-awaited public announcement about the new sanctuary in Georgia, Project Chimps, I had all sorts of profound and deeply-felt sentiments to share in this blog post.

But then, this morning, I filmed Foxie and Jamie playing. I laughed out loud watching them and decided that all I really needed to share today is this, because this is what it’s all about:


Happy Birthday, Bruce!

May 21st, 2016 by Katelyn

Our second sponsor for this double day of sanctuary comes from the chimps’ long time friend, supporter and volunteer caregiver, Deb Wagman, in honor of her equally amazing husband, Bruce, for his birthday!

“Bruce is an animal lawyer; for him it is not a job but a calling. He works tirelessly protecting, saving, defending and making life better for almost every type of animal I can think of. Not only was he instrumental in starting CSNW, but continues to work for the seven as a board member and legal advisor.  For the last 2 years he has been negotiating getting hundreds of chimpanzees out of private labs and into a new sanctuary in Georgia. There is nothing more special I can give him for his birthday than a day of sanctuary for his 7 favorite chimps. Happy Birthday, my love!”

Bruce, thank you so much for all that you have done for this sanctuary, as well as the work you are doing for chimpanzees across the country! We hope you have the happiest of birthdays!

Bruce’s friend Burrito: