Jody: Head, Shoulders….

February 18th, 2017 by Diana

Part of being a Level II volunteer at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is working towards passing identification tests for all of the chimpanzees.

We have some new interns from Central Washington University’s Primate Behavior and Ecology Program right now who are working on their id skills.

Something about helping with id today got a song stuck in my head…


Here’s Jody’s…



Jody head



jody shoulders



Jody knees


and Toes

Jody toes



Jody knees


and Toes

jody toes 2





Jody eyes


and Ears:

Jody ears


and Mouth:

Jody drooped lip face


and Nose:

Jody nose



…. what do you think? Could you id Jody now?


Actually, a few years ago, Elizabeth did some blog posts for each of the chimpanzees to help blog readers with id that are probably much more helpful – check them out if you’re interested!


Balancing act

February 17th, 2017 by J.B.

Each time we build a new play structure on Young’s Hill, we connect it to nearby structures using fire hose. This allows the chimps to move from place to place without touching the ground, a feature that is particularly handy when that ground is covered in snow. We also shovel pathways for them, but hey, tightrope walking is way more fun.

Their balance is incredible, aided in part by those opposable big toes.

And when they lose their balance, they can always fall back on their superhuman strength.


A Quiet Moment With…

February 16th, 2017 by Elizabeth

Roses with dessert!

February 15th, 2017 by Anna

Before caregivers close the chimp house each evening, we make sure to hand out or set up an evening puzzle for the chimps to work on. Yesterday, as the chimps came forward to get their peanut butter/banana filled PVC tubes, they each were offered a fresh Valentine’s Day rose to go with their puzzle.


Chimpanzees appreciate roses in their own unique way..


Several members of the Cle Elum 7, discovered a practical tool to scrape out the delicious contents of their treat tubes.

Clever Missy:

Valentine’s Day 2017!

February 14th, 2017 by Anna

The chimpanzees celebrated the day of love with a series of casual forages featuring some of their favorite foods. Here are a just a few highlights from their breakfast forage:

Thanks to everyone who helped share the chimp love this year!

Fall in Love with Negra

February 14th, 2017 by Diana

On Valentine’s Day/Share the Chimp Love day, we are sharing the last of the “Fall in Love with” videos.

The seventh video in the series is all about Negra, the Queen of the sanctuary:

Big thanks to everyone who has made a Share the Chimp Love donation or has become a Chimpanzee Pal!

The heart is getting fuller, though there’s plenty of room left for lots more love, and a whole day for you to Share the Chimp Love.

share the love heart

Share your favorite video on social media today! You’ll find all seven of them on the Share the Chimp Love page and on the sanctuary’s Facebook page.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


These boots aren’t just made for walking.

February 13th, 2017 by Katelyn

Jamie and her beloved cowgirl boots during a morning nesting session:

Fall in Love with Missy

February 13th, 2017 by Diana

Watching the video below, there’s no question that Missy fills the sanctuary with energy. Just watch.

Thanks to all of the chimps’ fans for filling the heart with love with your Chimpanzee Pal sponsorships and Share the Chimp Love donations so far. Tomorrow is the big day!

filling heart



Time For Cake

February 12th, 2017 by Keri

Most meals for the Cle Elum Seven include fresh fruits and vegetables, along with primate chow biscuits. Nuts and seeds are also given to the chimps each day. And on occasion, we prepare special treats for the chimps and today was one of those special occasion days. We served the cake that was made for Dr. Elliott Sumers birthday. Cake ingredients included grated butternut squash, homemade applesauce, chow “dust”, and raisins, then topped with more applesauce, coconut flakes, and banana chips.

To say that the chimpanzees enjoyed the cake would be an understatement!


They loved it so much they couldn’t stop licking the plates even after the cake was gone!



Jody even brought her plate with her when she ventured outside onto Young’s Hill.

Burrito was pretty excited about the almond milk too!

Tonight, we are also trying a new evening enrichment for the chimps, which we’re calling “grab bags”. It is inspired by a children’s birthday party I went to recently, when each child received a small bag filled with an assortment of goodies and toys; each bag different from the others. Included in tonight’s grab bags, are things like socks with nuts and seeds hidden inside, crumpled up paper with peanut butter smeared on it, kongs tied inside bandanas, etc. We hope they like them!

And here are a few pictures of Annie and Foxie looking beautiful as ever today.



Happy Birthday, Dr. Elliott Sumers!

February 12th, 2017 by Katelyn

Anne Sumers sponsored this day of sanctuary in honor of her husband, Dr. Elliott Sumers, to celebrate his birthday! Anne shared this special message about today:

“Dr. Elliott Sumers is very fond of all the chimpanzees at the Sanctuary, and enjoys reading about the enrichment activities of Annie, Burrito, Jamie, Jody, and all the others as they enjoy the outdoors, playing with each other, and food treats. It makes Elliott very happy that the chimps have such a loving, good place for them to live, and that they have each other!”

Anne, thank you so much for your generous and compassionate gift for the chimpanzees and for wanting to share your husband’s special day with them.

We made a cake in Elliott’s honor yesterday for the chimpanzees. It’s probably not the kind of cake most humans would enjoy, but we’re betting the chimps like it!

elliott cake


Dr. Sumers, all of the primates here wish you a wild rumpus chimpanzee kind of celebration! Thank you for helping to fill the chimps’ lives with the joy, comfort, and family they are thriving in. Happiest of birthdays to you!


Jamie and Foxie:

Annie and Missy:

Annie Missy best friends

Negra play-biting Missy’s toes:

Jody in forage heaven:

Jody close-up forage queen

Burrito in a blanket!


Foxie and Jamie: