Archive for February, 2010

Jody’s giant nest

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

One of our volunteers brought a giant roll of paper for the chimps (thanks David!), and with it, Jody created one of the greatest nests of all time.

Getting there the hard way

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Jamie is the type of person that really enjoys using all of her abilities, both mental and physical. She loves a challenge. If something is too easy, she’ll find a more difficult way of doing it, just for fun.

Sometimes she gets this look in her eyes and you know she’s up to something. You can almost follow her thought process as she looks around and figures out what tools she’s going to need to get the job done, or what series of moves she going to need to do to accomplish her goal.

Here’s a brief example. Jamie wants to move about four feet over to say hello to Denice. And how does she get there?

Sippin’ menu

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Sippin’ for the Seven is going to be a not-to-miss evening in Roslyn. Get your tickets if you haven’t already. I’ll be updating the event page soon to include local lodging offering discounts to attendees. First, though, check out the food!

Chefs Ben Kulikowski and Frank Schuchman will be preparing these nibbles:

Sausages in three varieties: Italian, Mexican Chipotle and Smoked Apple Sage (the good folks at Field Roast Grain Meat donated a case of sausages for the event)

White Bean Paté

Bruschetta bar featuring the following tapenades: tomoto basil, wild mushroom, and marinated artichoke with roasted red bell pepper

Hummus and crudité

I am hungry already…

Thanks to Sippin’ event sponsors: Poppoff Inc., Vintage Vine, 93.7 The Wind, and Inland Networks

Another day in the greenhouse…

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The chimpanzees cannot get enough of their new greenhouse. Since it was completed a few days ago, they have spent most of the daylight hours outside playing, grooming, nesting, and generally reveling in the warmth. I don’t think we can overstate what a joy it has been to see them spend so much time in the sun.


Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

It’s been so exciting to watch the chimps enjoy the greenhouse these past few days. Today was completely overcast, with temperatures in the upper 30’s for most of the day. Even so, it’s about 60 degrees in the greenhouse, and the chimps have been out there all day.

Even Negra has abandoned her usual spot on the play room catwalk to make nests outside. This is more than we could have hoped for.

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In fact, the greenhouse has created a new problem for us. As I write this, at 5:30, I am waiting for Jamie to come back inside so I can close the door for the night (the greenhouse does get cold at night). But she doesn’t seem to care how late I have to stay 🙂 What a good problem to have!

LUSH in store events

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Hope to see some regular supporters and make some new friends at the Sunday, February 28th in store events at LUSH Westlake and LUSH Bellevue. See LUSH’s flyer below for details.

If you can’t make it out, you can always support LUSH and their charity pot program by buying through their online store.

Chimp Eblast from Lush

Greenhouse Fun!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Today, the greenhouse was officially completed! We put out fresh straw and alfalfa hay for nesting and set up a forage of strawberries and a variety of nuts. It was another beautiful day in Cle Elum and everybody got to enjoy the sun from the greenhouse. Negra is not much of a fan of winter, so it was particularly nice to see her basking in the sun.

Thank you to everyone for supporting CSNW and the Cle Elum Seven. Today was a big success – the chimpanzees now have more options and an even better environment. And their reactions to the new space couldn’t have been more satisfying and heartwarming for all of us. The greenhouse was possible due to the generosity of many. Karen and Don Young first and foremost, those who gave during the fund-an-item portion of our Celebrate the Seven auction: Kathy Cochran, Pam Lehnert and Marc Warner, Jack and Linda Butcher, Margaret Parkinson and Karen Creason, Tiffany Diamond, Mary Murray, Sharon Stuart, Wynn Kerr, Sabrina Hutchinson, Stephanie and Kurt Marx, Cara Wiseman, Desha Davis, Andra Artemova, Laura Schumacher, Sue Bartlett, Barbara Schell, Dot Rothfus, Karen Lucht, Kelly Wolff, Julie Harding, Susan Harper, Scott and Wendy Sedlacek, Rob Bellefeuille, and Laura McGinty. Big thanks also to Jim Spencer, John Spencer, Brian Osborne, Poppoff Inc, Calvin Beedle Excavating, Attic Breeze, Zac Devore.

Lunch in the sun

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Diana and I took some photos this afternoon while the chimps enjoyed a lunch forage outside. It was great to see Burrito enjoying the sunshine.

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Negra stuffed as many onions in her mouth as she could and headed back to the play room.

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Jamie went after the brussels sprouts, but apperantly not before contemplating them first.

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She also spent some time dipping her onions in buckets of water, and then pouring the water from one container into another. This is typical Jamie. She has such an active mind, and she will often make projects for herself to keep busy.

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News on Ning

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A couple of days ago, I added a new feature to the Chimp Sanctuary Supporters network. It’s a  feature that allows members to post links to news stories (or really anything). You can also add your own comment along with the link. I think it will be a nice way for us all to share stories about what sanctuaries are doing and anything that we come across about chimpanzees that we’d like to share with others. Check out Chimp Sanctuary Supporters and click the “News Share” tab to post.

Sun, how we’ve missed you!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The sun has finally returned to central Washington! Today was gorgeous, with blue skies, temperatures in the high 40s, and lots of glorious sun. The beautiful weather has put all of us, human and chimpanzee, in great moods. The chimps spent much of the day playing, swinging, and laughing outside in their (very nearly completed) greenhouse.