Archive for October, 2010

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Sunday, October 31st, 2010

We’ll send you an exclusive photo of the birthday girl at her celebration if you donate $33 in honor of Jamie today:

Thanks for supporting the sanctuary. We couldn’t provide the care that we do without your help!


Sunday, October 31st, 2010

The Halloween / Jamie’s birthday celebration today is perhaps the biggest party we’ve had to date, and the chimpanzees were food grunting and squeaking like they’d happened upon the most exciting food they had ever seen.

Here are a few photos of the festivities:

Jamie looking through a Halloween gift bag. Thanks for all the great new toys, Robbi and Dick!
Jamie looking through a Halloween gift bag

Jamie (and really everyone) enjoyed the juice in Halloween cups with Halloween straws. Thanks, Stephanie!
Jamie drinking juice with a straw

Jody decided to spend her time bobbing for apples in the pool we filled with water:
Jody with apples

Burrito went around to all of the food buckets and picked out the pomegranates, squeaking the entire time. Thanks for the donation to buy produce for the party, Tamela!

Burrito with pomegranates

Burrito eating pomegranate

Jamie opened up all of the pinatas, including this boot pinata (thanks, Felicity!), but she left some nuts behind. Here’s Negra getting what was left behind:
Negra with boot pinata

Foxie kept going back to this bag and peering inside, but she left it for someone else to open. Jamie finally did and Foxie got the troll doll that was in the bag:
Foxie with Halloween bag

Felicity’s Lucky Seven Day

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

In addition to being Halloween and Jamie’s birthday (party!!). Today is Felicity’s Lucky Seven Day. This is the seventh in a series of Sponsor-a-Days honoring Felicity Wood.

As you probably well know from the previous six Felicity Days, for her birthday this year, Felicity asked her loved ones to donate to the sanctuary. Her family and friends responded by honoring her throughout the year. Felicity was so successful in her fundraising that she raised the 2nd highest amount of anyone during our Anniversary Fundraising for the chimp-proof windows.

Today’s day is from Sam and Bailey, two of Felicity’s beloved canine family members (smart dogs!)

Here’s a close-up of one of my favorite photos of Jamie, taken by Sarah in 2009. You may have received a donation thank you card with this photo on the front:

People (or perhaps even dogs) you love would love to give to your chimpanzee friends in your honor. Just send people this link to the donation form: and this link to take a peak at the Sponsor-a-Day calendar:

Gorgeous Annie

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I posted these on Annie’s Facebook page a few weeks ago. Here they are for those who refuse to succumb to joining Facebook.

Annie Nesting 1

Annie Nesting 2

Annie Nesting 3

Welcoming a new chimpanzee advocate

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Congrats to our Executive Director Sarah and her family on the arrival of baby Van, born this afternoon! Mom and baby are both doing well.

Changes to blog comments and new stuff in the store

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I have made a couple of changes that effect blog comments. At least temporarily, all comments will have to be approved before they are posted to the blog. This will mean a delay in your comments showing up on the blog. I did this to hopefully better control any possible security compromise to the blog.

While I was changing that I noticed that comments could be ordered differently. I switched it around so that now the most recent comments will be seen first and you won’t have to scroll down past comments you’ve already read. Hope you like that!

Thanks for being such faithful blog readers and sharing favorite posts by clicking on the Share This button and the Facebook Like buttons at the top of the posts. It’s great to know that the Cle Elum Seven could have new friends every day.

Also, while I’m at it – did you notice the new items in the online store? (look to the right under “featured item”.) 2011 Calendars and the Sanctuary Year Two books are now available!


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Jackie and Elizabeth are off to see Jane Goodall speak in Seattle and I’m here closing up, looking at some photos and videos from the last couple of days.

I did a double take when I saw this photo, taken through one of the picture windows, of Missy doing a very good impersonation of Negra:

Missy impersonating Negra

A new doll for Foxie

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

When Foxie gets a new doll that she really loves, she often engages in what I’ll call “ritualistic adoration behavior” (don’t quote me on that — I just made it up). You’ll see what I mean when you watch this video that Jackie put together:

Auction Photos!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

We were very lucky to have documentary photographer Karen Ducey volunteer her services at the Out of the Box auction this year. Everyone can view the photos and even purchase favorites. Just click here and enter the password chimps when prompted. Proceeds from the sale of the photos will go to the sanctuary.

I am still amazed by everyone who donated items, sponsored, volunteered and attended Out of the Box, and to all who participated in our first ever online auction.

Thanks to all of you, the auctions combined raised over $100,000 and the chimps will be on Young’s Hill next year.

Here are a few photos to give you a flavor for the Oct. 1st auction evening:

Silent Auction:

Out of the Box silent Auction

Live Auction

Out of the Box live auction

Dessert Dash:

You really have to view all of the photos to take in the whole event. It was such a special night full of unforgettable moments and an amazing collective energy. It will be difficult to top, but we’re already working on 2011’s auction!

Letting Loose

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Foxie and Missy were crazy loons this morning: