Archive for December, 2017

New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

New Year’s Eve is so exciting! The anticipation for the new year builds while everyone spends time with loved ones. Here at the Sanctuary we are getting ready for our New Year celebration tomorrow! As we reflect on the past and look forward to the future we thank everyone for helping the chimps to an ever expanding life! Here are some photos of how the day was spent! Though most of Jamie and I’s day was wearing boots and chasing from the playroom to the Hill!

Jamie making a nest with a boot in her pelvic pocket:

Jamie zipping up her boots:

Negra making her nest:

Sweet Annie:

 

In memory of Mikey

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

We are full of immense gratitude for the countless ways in which you all have contributed to the lives of the chimpanzees throughout 2017. As we ready to release one year and move forward into the flow of the next, how lovely and apropos is this, our last day of sanctuary sponsorship for the year, from Debi Domantay:

“All my life I’ve felt a deep passion for Nature & ALL animals with a particular interest in Chimpanzees, Gorillas & Orangutans… If I could relive my life, I’d certainly become a Primatologist. This donation is in memory of “Mikey” & ALL animals in need of being rescued from a life without dignity & respect.”

Debi, thank you so much for your heartfelt message and New Year’s Eve gift for the chimps in memory of Mikey. As we move into 2018 and our plans to begin expansion in order to not only improve the lives of the chimps, but to be able to offer others a sanctuary home, your thoughts couldn’t be more well-timed. A perfect gift in celebration of the New Year!

To those who celebrate at this time, Happy New Year’s Eve! And to all, may your days, months and years ahead each be better and more abundant in all the good ways than the last, just as you’ve made possible for the chimpanzees.

Negra:

Jody:

Jamie:

Foxie:

Burrito:

Annie:

Missy:

All is calm, and today is sponsored by Kery & Terran

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Sanctuary friends Kery and Terran sponsored today, New Year’s Eve Day, with this lovely message:

“For the Chimps, the staff and the volunteers of CSNW. All is calm, all is bright. Wishing you much love and joy during this holiday season! Love & Gratitude, Kery & Terran”

We’re wishing you the same!

Here are some calm and bright moments with the chimpanzees from this year:

 

Jamie in her tunnel hideout:

Jamie sitting in tunnel

 

Negra sleeping while wrapped in a red blanket:

negra sleeping

 

Burrito and Missy grooming:

burrito and missy grooming

 

The Iconic Negra

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

This morning I took this photo of Negra:

It’s not the greatest quality because i took it with my somewhat outdated phone.

 

It got me thinking about this photo that I took last week while Negra sat in the same spot eating a pomegranate:

 

For fun, I did a search for photos labeled with the words “Negra” and “arms crossed” and I found some of my favorite photos of this iconic queen of the sanctuary. Enjoy!

Negra sit on platform arms crossed

 

Negra heavy lip with eyes closed

 

I hope that you are having a Negra kind of a day – resting comfortably and just being yourself. And I hope you’ll take a moment to support Negra and her friends before midnight tomorrow by making a donation towards our $20,000 year-end goal. We’re about 40% of the way there so far!

 

 

More love from Trish!

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

In her desire to do something special for the chimpanzees, Trish Loesch recently sponsored not one, but two days of sanctuary, with today being the second!

In the immediate sense, we’ve been watching the chimps enjoy so many joy-filled days this holiday season. Warm, yummy foods, heaps of the softest of blankets, new enrichment to spark their curious and intelligent minds, beloved favorites like boots and dolls, and all the comforts and joys we as humans enjoy as well.

And in the long-term, we’ve been watching the chimps step more fully each day into the freedom to make their own choices, the dignity that comes with being respected and appreciated just for who you are, the courage to explore and take new risks, and the comfort of being at peace in one’s own skin and own home. Those are no small gifts.

Trish, thank you for immensely for contributing to the ever-expanding ripple of love, compassion and generosity surrounding the chimps that not only makes their lives in sanctuary possible, but makes more than they may have ever dreamt, possible.

Jamie:

Foxie

Burrito:

Negra:

Annie:

Missy:

Missy sleeping in a big nest

Jody:

 

Foxie’s favorite things

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Foxie doing two of her favorite things: eating snow and admiring a doll.

Snow straight to mouth = No cold hands!

Happy Birthday, Tracy!

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Foxie wanted to send a big Happy Birthday to her pal Tracy, who sponsored today’s day of sanctuary!

Tracy, Foxie hopes that your day is full of (figurative) back-flips and pirouettes and lots of (actual) laughter and joy!

Foxie upside down

State of the Sanctuary

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The current state of the sanctuary, in this moment, is a 100% chance of snow with Jamie spending the day with her books. She’s still thoroughly enamored with the Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary book and is also enjoying her new boot and shoe books.

I just snapped this photo of Jamie’s nest in the playroom:

Jamie's nest

 

She left her cozy nest long enough to throw me one of her new boots so that I could put it on and play a game of indoor chase for a few minutes.

 

For a bigger picture view of the State of the Sanctuary and the super exciting plans for the future, watch this video!

And then make a year-end gift to help us reach the goal of $20,000 raised in the next four days before the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns to 2018.

 

Thank you, Trish!

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Trish Loesch sponsored not one, but two days of sanctuary for the chimpanzees this week and she shared this lovely message:

“I love reading the blog everyday and appreciate what you do for the chimps and I wanted to do something for them by sponsoring two days of sanctuary!” 

Trish, thank you so much for going out of your way to reach out and contribute to the chimps’ lives through your compassion and generosity. It’s hard to imagine their lives were ever anything less than the love filled days we see now and thanks to people like you, it’s all they will know for all their days forward.

Annie:

Annie on twister

Burrito:

Foxie:

foxie tossing doll

Jamie:

Jody:

Missy:

Negra:

Entertainment and a snack

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

This morning Jamie piled her walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts and almonds into a little red wagon so she could leisurely eat her forage and examine her extensive “library” of picture books at the same time.