July 5th, 2017 by Kelsi

Hi Everyone!

My name is Kelsi and about two weeks ago I started as the new part-time caregiver at CSNW. I am originally from Washington State and went to college at Central Washington University in Ellensburg where I majored in Primate Behavior & Ecology and Psychology. I was a caregiver at the Fauna Foundation in Quebec, Canada for about two years and just recently returned back to the United States! As a new staff member at CSNW, I am just now starting to learn how to work with the sanctuary’s camera. Today was my first trial run taking photos of the Cle Elum 7, so pleaseĀ  continue to follow me on my journey and see my photography improve over time!

Annie in a deep gaze:

Foxie playing with a Dora doll:

Burrito just about to start a game of chase:


Jamie nesting on a barrel with her boot:

Missy checking out the garden:

14 Responses to “Newbie”

  1. Thyra Rutter says:

    What wonderful photos! You have captured them so well!

  2. Nicole Moore says:

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them and I look forward to seeing more soon.

  3. Jill says:

    Congrats on your new role Kelsi! Your photos are lovely and I can’t wait to see more! So happy to see you’re part of the team!


  4. Cherie Erwin says:

    Great photos, Kelsi!

    I’m so glad you’ve selected the best job in the world: being in service to primates!

    I’ll be watching for more…

  5. Jenny Brejcha says:

    WOW. These photos are stunning. Best of Luck to you, Kelsi. Enjoy every single second making chimps happy.

  6. Barb says:

    Welcome. Great pictures.

  7. Kathleen says:

    Aren’t you just about one of the luckiest people in the world. First you get to hang out with Loulis and Tatu (not to mention Sue Ellen and all the other wonderful chimp people at Fauna Foundation) and now you’re at CSNW with the Cle Elum Seven. You are so fortunate to work in a field that makes such a significant difference in the lives of these deserving chimpanzees. I’d say you’ve mastered that camera, your photos are wonderful! Especially love Annie’s profile pic.

  8. Donna Oleksiuk says:

    Welcome to an amazing team, Kelsi!!! The caregivers at CSNW are the best!!!!! I am sure you will be a wonderful addition and that you will find much love and joy working with the precious Cle Elum Seven. Your photos are beautiful! Look forward to more of your posts!

  9. Jo says:

    Wonderful post and pix!! U don’t need improvement!! I know your journey at CSNW will be rewarding for all concerned! Hugs to you all!

  10. Sandie Allaway says:

    You’re pictures are fabulous! Welcome and we’ll look forward to watching you watch this group.

  11. Karen says:

    Welcome to you, Kelsi. It is great that you returned to your old stomping grounds and with a wealth of experience to offer to the Cle Elum 7. We hope we can get to Cle Elum soon and look forward to meeting you! Again, welcome!

  12. Denise says:

    Welcome home Kelsi.

  13. Barbara says:

    Beautiful pictures. You have captured their personalities so well. Much luck and welcome home.

  14. Merle says:

    Great Pics but, of course, you had great subjects to work with.