Archive for March, 2017

Keep them guessing

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Foxie loves playing chase with her caregivers. To start a game, she passes one of her dolls to us and then runs or spins away. As she waits for us to catch up, she takes a big gulp of water from the fountain and holds it in her mouth. Is it because all that running makes her thirsty? Perhaps. Does she think it’s funny to keep her caregivers guessing as to whether she’ll swallow that mouthful of water or spit it in our faces? Definitely.

Case Files, Part 3

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Part 1
Part 2

Name: Missy
Nicknames: Miss, Dr. Missy, Lil’ Bigfoot
Age: 41
Birthday: August 23rd
Role: The Deputy
Personality: loyal, energetic, thrill-seeking
What She Would Save in a Fire: the garden tomatoes
Likes: daredevil acrobatics, tending to her friends’ wounds, social cohesion
Dislikes: having her photo taken, green peppers, sitting still

Name: Annie
Nickname: Annie Banannie
Age: 42
Birthday: September 10th
Role: The Lowest in the Hierarchy
Personality: sweet, gentle, sassy
What She Would Save in a Fire: her BFF Missy
Likes: fresh spring grass, men, bare human feet
Dislikes: being wronged, Burrito’s displays, losing track of Missy’s whereabouts

Morning Surveillance

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

As staff and volunteers arrive each morning, boss Jamie often chooses to monitor the activity from the bench in the room we call the portrait studio. She can keep a good eye on both the kitchen and the parking lot from this spot.

Today she received some backup from her good friend Foxie.

Foxie brought along her newest doll (DJ Suki from the recent Trolls movie).

The den mother

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

We refer to Jody as the “mom” of the group for many reasons. She is concerned about sticking to the daily routine at the sanctuary and cares deeply for the well-being of her group mates. If someone is late to mealtime, she makes it her duty to go and find them. On Young’s Hill, she is often seen keeping an eye out for the other chimps and is always on hand to lend a little bit of reassurance. When she’s not checking up on others, she finds time to do a little exploring of her own.

Some days are best for a nest

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The sun has filled the chimp house with light and the chimps with high spirits and shenanigans, but the spring wind is chilly today so the chimps have spent the afternoon enjoying sunny spots from the comfort of their nests this afternoon. Much how I spent my weekend, so who can blame them?


Jody enjoying a magazine:

Burrito keeping an eye on good friend, Jody, from afar:



Treat Buckets

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

“Treat buckets” are a pretty popular form of evening enrichment for the chimps at the sanctuary. Click here to see other forms of evening enrichment that we use at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

Check out this link to see Burrito and Jody with another evening enrichment theme a few weeks ago.

Time to Move!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Foxie look camera


In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. ~Henry Rollins


Photos from today.


Foxie & Burrito:

Foxie and Burrito walk

Foxie climb twister

Burrito walking



Jody walking



Missy running




Foxie & Jamie

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Listen to these two laughing…

A Special Anniversary Message

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Arlene and Michael Okun, supporters of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest for the last several years, are celebrating their anniversary today and have chosen to include sponsoring a day of sanctuary as part of their celebration.

They included this very touching message, which I think everyone should take a moment to read before you head into the rest of your day or your weekend:

We have so much to be thankful for, and as we count our blessings we include CSNW among them. Thank you for the outstanding work that you do. We would like to share our special day with the chimps. We wish them and all of you what I think we all would like: to be well, to feel safe, to feel loved, to have good company, to be happy, and to find joy in every day.

What a beautiful message, Arlene and Michael!

It is what we wish for everyone reading this too. A big happy anniversary to you both!

annie missy play wrestle




Case Files, Part 2

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Part 1 here.

Name: Jody
Nicknames: Jo, JoJo
Age: 41
Birthday: Mother’s Day
Role: The Mom/The Manager
Personality: independent, earnest, caring
What She Would Save in a Fire: her chimp family
Likes: comfort, warm greetings, wild plants
Dislikes: tomato seeds, dinosaur and snake toys, disorder

Name: Negra
Nicknames: Neg, Neggie
Age: 43
Birthday: June 13th
Role: The Queen/The Grandma
Personality: regal, imperious, grumpy
What She Would Save in a Fire: her blankets
Likes: peanuts, sunshine, naps
Dislikes: drama, wind, cantaloupe