Enriching Jamie Chimpanzee

February 9th, 2016 by Anna

Of all the residents at CSNW, Jamie is the most interested in participating in human activities. We’ve seen her shovel snow and use tools, along with many other human oriented projects. Our strict guidelines for enrichment mean we can’t give her absolutely everything she desires (can you imagine Jamie wielding a real power tool?!). But with some creativity, we can still find things that entertain her. The other day we had a bit of success with some new art supplies.

The New Annie

February 8th, 2016 by Elizabeth

Just a few years ago, Annie was glued to her best friend Missy’s side. Missy was Annie’s security blanket, and she followed her everywhere. Annie was afraid to be alone.

That’s not the case anymore. These days it’s not uncommon to see images like this one of Annie enjoying some solitude on Young’s Hill this morning:


She sat there for several minutes until Missy, who had been doing her own thing further up the hill, came over to say hi.




Missy sat down next to Annie and they hung out together for awhile, taking in the view.




Eventually, Missy decided to head inside to the greenhouse. Old Annie would have followed.



But new Annie is plenty confident in her own company.




Missy Chimpanzee

February 7th, 2016 by Keri

Age: 41ish. Her birthday is unknown, but it’s estimated she was born in 1975. We celebrate her birthday on September 23 each year.

Nicknames: Miss, Miss-Miss, Little Bigfoot (we often joke that she resembles Bigfoot when she stands bipedally on Young’s Hill)

Best friend: Annie
Favorite foods: Tomatoes!

Distinguishing physical characteristics: distinctive white patch above her upper lip on the left side of her face, somewhat square body with no neck (she does have a neck, it’s just short).

Favorite things to do: Running, jumping, sprinting, climbing and other various acrobatic feats (including, but not limited to, firehose walking, leaping and balancing), building big nests and playing with Annie. She is also pretty serious about grooming sessions, including grooming herself with a tool.

Personality: active, energetic, graceful, adventurous, good sense of humor

Other: First to offer support/back up to the other chimps and she almost didn’t make it to sanctuary.



You can find out more about Missy’s story before coming to CSNW here.

A shock from the past

February 6th, 2016 by Diana

When I was gathering photos the other day for the Share the Chimp Love Video, I came across the photo below of Jamie and gasped out loud.

I think it’s been a few years since I saw this image, but it’s very familiar. It was taken in September of 2008, three months after the chimpanzees arrived to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. J.B. posted it to the blog back then.

It was one of the best photo portraits we had of Jamie, and we even used it for some early  postcards that we made.


Jamie “Before”


But looking at it now, it’s just not the Jamie of today.

Her cheeks were hallow and her eyes sunken. Her freckles were more pronounced – maybe because they hadn’t darkened from sun exposure yet. And the look in her eyes just wasn’t the determined, curious Jamie that we now know and love.

Compare that before photo with the one I included in the Share the Chimp Love Video, taken last summer:

Jamie strong and confident


Or these that I took this morning of Jamie getting the most out of a new book:

Jamie look at camera

Jamie book in face

Jamie eating book

Jamie look at hand

Lessons from our friends

February 5th, 2016 by J.B.

One Green Planet is featuring an article today by our very own Diana Goodrich, in which she shares a little of what she has learned from our chimpanzee friends.

web OGP screenshot 2-5-16

Along those same lines, here’s a tip from Annie on maintaining that youthful glow:

Stirring Up Trouble

February 4th, 2016 by Elizabeth

Jamie does not live in the moment. She is a thinker and a planner. Sometimes you can see her wheels turning and you have to wonder what she’s up to. As the leader of her group she performs frequent dominance displays, but with Jamie, they don’t always seem to be about dominance. Or at least not solely about dominance. Sometimes it seems that Jamie displays because she’s bored and wants to stir up a little excitement.

This happens a lot when all of the other chimpanzees are settled down, quiet and doing their own thing. Jamie struts around the room, assessing the situation and planning her strategy.


Then her hair stands on end, she pant hoots, drums on her go-to plastic barrel, and ends by screaming and throwing the barrel across the room.


She then quickly looks around to see if she got anyone riled up. If not, she tries again. And again. Eventually the other chimps can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. Pant hoots are like yawns to chimps – they’re contagious. Once the chimp house is a cacophony of noise, Jamie seems to feel like she’s done her job and she’s finally able to settle down.








Thank you, Joanna!

February 4th, 2016 by Katelyn

Today’s day of sanctuary was sponsored by Joanna Morris in honor of the chimpanzees! Joanna shared how much she loves the chimps’ different personalities and today she wants to celebrate each of these amazing beings.

Joanna, thank you so much for not only recognizing and honoring how special and unique each of the chimpanzees are, but for helping to give them the lives they deserve in their sanctuary. We are so grateful to you for your compassion and generosity!

Best friends, Missy and Annie playing chase on Young’s Hill:


Courageous Foxie exploring with Dora:


Burrito accompanying Jody on one of her foraging adventures:

Burrito and Jody with bamboo

And of course, Boss Jamie and Queen Negra:

Negra kiss Jamie

What a perfect Sponsor-a-Day to be gifted with as we kick off our Share the Chimp Love fundraiser for Valentine’s Day! See how your support has not only changed the lives of Annie, Missy, Foxie, Burrito, Jody, Jamie and Negra, but has also made it possible for us to begin our Sanctuary Expansion Fund so that other chimpanzees in need may experience the hope, love, home and sanctuary they deserve.

Burrito’s invisibility cloak

February 3rd, 2016 by Katelyn

Burrito is known for his ridiculously adorable shenanigans. And today was no different. (There are some blurry action shots that I just couldn’t leave out).











Despite the blur of Burrito, I love his huge play face you can just make out under the veil. At this point, he jumped down to begin a raucous game of tug o’ war with the scarf. This guy.


Drinks from the hose

February 2nd, 2016 by Anna

Despite the fact that they have access to their own personal water sources 24 hours a day, the chimpanzees seem to really enjoy drinking out of the hose. Caregivers are always happy to oblige.

Negra Chimpanzee

February 1st, 2016 by Keri

Age: 42ish…Her exact birthday is unknown since she was captured in the wild, presumably in 1973, although she could be older than that. We celebrate her birthday on June 13 each year, which is the anniversary of her and the other chimpanzees’ arrival to the sanctuary.

Nicknames: Neggie, Queen Negra

Favorite foods: Peanuts, lettuce, fresh spring grass
What she is known for: elaborate blanket nests (usually with one pulled over her) and clapping during meals.

Distinguishing physical characteristics: Her round “Buddha” belly, dark freckles on her face and she is missing half of her left ear (we do not know how this happened; she arrived to the sanctuary this way).

Favorite things to do: napping, resting, sleeping
Personality: wise, dignified, cranky
Other: she likes her caregivers to dance for her!




Click here to read more about Negra’s story before coming to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and here to see how she has changed since then.