Negra Gets Some Air

March 16th, 2017 by Elizabeth

Negra is the oldest chimpanzee here at the sanctuary, and while only a year or two older than some of the others, there is no doubt that Negra is the grandma of the family. She has a sizable belly, she’s a little bowlegged, she moves at a snail’s pace, and she has no patience for nonsense.

Negra prefers safety and comfort over adventure, and she is most comfortable indoors. She likes to find a sunny spot upstairs in the playroom where she can make a big, soft nest and nap or gaze out the window over the valley.

Today, though, Negra climbed out of her nest and joined the other chimps outside on Young’s Hill. Spring has been slow to arrive in Cle Elum this year, but now that the snow is finally melting and the sun is shining, the chimps are drawn outside more and more. Even Negra can’t resist the temptation.

4 Responses to “Negra Gets Some Air”

  1. Nancy says:

    Being a grandmother myself, I identify with Negra. Sometimes a warm spot in the sun is more appealing than an adventure…but not always.
    I won’t be accepting the invitation to visit you this summer but some of what I would have spent to get there for a visit is coming your way.
    I love and admire your efforts! Thank you all!

  2. Jo says:

    She’s such a lovely chimperson and i send her and you all love and hugs! Tks for the post and pix!

  3. Kathleen says:

    I bet Negra was sneaking out to inspect and tend to her favorite patches of Sweet Spring Grass. Sprouting soon I’m sure!

    This is a very sweet post. I can’t express how deep my feelings run for Negra. Thanks for letting us know she was out and about braving the last of these winter days. Thanks for giving this comfort loving gal the choice to do so.