Posts Tagged ‘chimpanzee’

The Joy of Things to Come

Friday, December 9th, 2016

For chimpanzees, true happiness is found most often in moments of anticipation. I love watching them play as they wait in expectation of a good meal or an exciting treat.

A New Day

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Maybe it’s because they spent so much of their lives confined indoors, but the Cle Elum Seven have a wonder and an appreciation of the natural world that’s inspiring. This time of year, the humans at the sanctuary can often be heard grumbling about the frigid temperatures and the icy roads and the neverending piles of snow to shovel. We get so bogged down in the inconveniences of the season that we don’t often take time to appreciate what each day has to offer. But each morning when we open the door to Young’s Hill, the chimps line up to see what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.




No hard feelings

Monday, December 5th, 2016

When you’re a chimpanzee, a kick in the face or a poke in the eye is all in the name of fun.

Chimpanzee Identification Contest

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Do you want to win a 2017 Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest calendar?

If you can correctly identify each chimpanzee in all seven photos below, you’ll be entered to win!

Fine print: You can only enter once, so be sure of your answer before submitting your responses. The winner will be chosen at random among those with correct answers on Monday morning at 11:00am. If you are a volunteer of the sanctuary, you’re not eligible, because that wouldn’t be fair – but we’ll figure out another way for you to have a chance to win a calendar.

You can write your guesses in a comment below this post, or if you want more anonymity, email me:

This is an “open book” quiz, so feel free to go through old blog posts and look on the chimpanzees’ individual pages (click on the Polaroid-looking photos at the very top of the page).

Here we go:





















Quality Control

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Jamie gets a special kind of pleasure from trying to destroy things that I have just repaired.

Chimpanzees playing = your #GivingTuesday thanks!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest supporters have done it again! We initially made it a goal to raise $12,000 today for Giving Tuesday.


Burrito Giving Tuesday

That goal has been surpassed, and we have a new challenge – a supporter at a distance is putting a matching challenge check in the mail for the next $1,000 raised, so I’ve increased the total goal to $15,000.

There’s still eight hours to go before midnight. Can we do it?

I am pretty sure that the video at the end of this post that Anna took today of the chimpanzees playing will inspire you to donate if you haven’t already and will also hopefully inspire you to share this post so more people know about our new goal.

We’ve been inspired all day by the messages that have come in with donations. This recent comment really summed it all up (thank you!): What makes my heart soar is “Knowing that Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jaime, Jody, Missy and Negra are safe, happy, living a full enriching life with companionship and are so very loved! I am so thrilled about the expansion and future retirees that will be joining you soon! Thank you for giving lives back.”

We were also inspired by Mary, a challenge donor earlier in the day who first heard about the sanctuary in 2007 through her daughter who was enrolled in the Primate Behavior program at Central Washington University at the time. Mary helped with the early construction of the chimp house, setting forms in the cold and helping with roof trusses during the windy season. Mary has been a donor ever since, and her generous pledge today helped surpass our goal.

Donor stories make my heart soar!

And chimpanzees playing. Definitely chimpanzees playing.

Burrito, Joy, and Giving

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Next to eating, playing is Burrito’s favorite thing.

In case you haven’t seen this morning’s newsletter yet (subscribe here if you’re not already), tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and the donations have already started rolling in. We have currently raised about $1800 toward our goal of $12,000, and we’ve only got until midnight tomorrow! Help keep Burrito and the other chimps supplied with all the food, toys, blankets, and friends (including new chimp friends!) that their hearts could desire by making a donation. We have a group of people pitching in for a matching challenge, so if you want to make a pledge, email Diana ( before donating. Thank you!

On Young’s Hill

Friday, November 25th, 2016

For Jamie, patrolling Young’s Hill is serious business. Tell that to Jody, Foxie, Annie, and Missy, who all seem like they’re having a little too much fun.

Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Really, I think I can speak for us all when I say we feel as though it’s Thanksgiving every day here at the sanctuary. We are thankful to our bones for you, all of whom make the sanctuary and the chimpanzees’ lives here possible. We are thankful for wide open spaces with unobstructed views seen through chimpanzee eyes, the sound of chimpanzee feet racing through grass and the sound of human feet running alongside them, chimpanzee play faces and laughter, chimpanzee food grunts and squeaks, freckles, tiny toes, Annie-bird noises, blanket nests the size of small mountains, upside down chimps, and happy and healthy chimps whose lives grow bigger every day both inside and out, and well, more things than we could possibly say.

We are grateful every single day for our chimpanzee family, one of which you are a part of, one of which wouldn’t exist without you. From our hearts, thank you for helping us care for Annie, Missy, Jody, Foxie, Burrito, Jamie and Negra. Seven very special people whose lives are now filled with hope, love, home and family. And who fill our hearts full to bursting with love for them.

And from Burrito’s heart, is that Field Roast ready yet??! And pumpkin pancakes and green beans and sparkling cider and…




Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! Be sure to check in tomorrow for the chimps’ big celebration!



Monday, November 21st, 2016

Annie enjoyed a moment of quiet this afternoon.