Posts Tagged ‘chimpanzee’

Enriching Jamie Chimpanzee

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Of all the residents at CSNW, Jamie is the most interested in participating in human activities. We’ve seen her shovel snow and use tools, along with many other human oriented projects. Our strict guidelines for enrichment mean we can’t give her absolutely everything she desires (can you imagine Jamie wielding a real power tool?!). But with some creativity, we can still find things that entertain her. The other day we had a bit of success with some new art supplies.

The New Annie

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Just a few years ago, Annie was glued to her best friend Missy’s side. Missy was Annie’s security blanket, and she followed her everywhere. Annie was afraid to be alone.

That’s not the case anymore. These days it’s not uncommon to see images like this one of Annie enjoying some solitude on Young’s Hill this morning:


She sat there for several minutes until Missy, who had been doing her own thing further up the hill, came over to say hi.




Missy sat down next to Annie and they hung out together for awhile, taking in the view.




Eventually, Missy decided to head inside to the greenhouse. Old Annie would have followed.



But new Annie is plenty confident in her own company.




A shock from the past

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

When I was gathering photos the other day for the Share the Chimp Love Video, I came across the photo below of Jamie and gasped out loud.

I think it’s been a few years since I saw this image, but it’s very familiar. It was taken in September of 2008, three months after the chimpanzees arrived to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. J.B. posted it to the blog back then.

It was one of the best photo portraits we had of Jamie, and we even used it for some early  postcards that we made.


Jamie “Before”


But looking at it now, it’s just not the Jamie of today.

Her cheeks were hallow and her eyes sunken. Her freckles were more pronounced – maybe because they hadn’t darkened from sun exposure yet. And the look in her eyes just wasn’t the determined, curious Jamie that we now know and love.

Compare that before photo with the one I included in the Share the Chimp Love Video, taken last summer:

Jamie strong and confident


Or these that I took this morning of Jamie getting the most out of a new book:

Jamie look at camera

Jamie book in face

Jamie eating book

Jamie look at hand

Lessons from our friends

Friday, February 5th, 2016

One Green Planet is featuring an article today by our very own Diana Goodrich, in which she shares a little of what she has learned from our chimpanzee friends.

web OGP screenshot 2-5-16

Along those same lines, here’s a tip from Annie on maintaining that youthful glow:

Stirring Up Trouble

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Jamie does not live in the moment. She is a thinker and a planner. Sometimes you can see her wheels turning and you have to wonder what she’s up to. As the leader of her group she performs frequent dominance displays, but with Jamie, they don’t always seem to be about dominance. Or at least not solely about dominance. Sometimes it seems that Jamie displays because she’s bored and wants to stir up a little excitement.

This happens a lot when all of the other chimpanzees are settled down, quiet and doing their own thing. Jamie struts around the room, assessing the situation and planning her strategy.


Then her hair stands on end, she pant hoots, drums on her go-to plastic barrel, and ends by screaming and throwing the barrel across the room.


She then quickly looks around to see if she got anyone riled up. If not, she tries again. And again. Eventually the other chimps can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. Pant hoots are like yawns to chimps – they’re contagious. Once the chimp house is a cacophony of noise, Jamie seems to feel like she’s done her job and she’s finally able to settle down.








Burrito’s invisibility cloak

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Burrito is known for his ridiculously adorable shenanigans. And today was no different. (There are some blurry action shots that I just couldn’t leave out).











Despite the blur of Burrito, I love his huge play face you can just make out under the veil. At this point, he jumped down to begin a raucous game of tug o’ war with the scarf. This guy.


Drinks from the hose

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Despite the fact that they have access to their own personal water sources 24 hours a day, the chimpanzees seem to really enjoy drinking out of the hose. Caregivers are always happy to oblige.

Annie Chimpanzee

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Age: 41ish. Her exact birthday is unknown since she was captured in the wild, but her records indicate that she was born sometime in 1974 (we celebrate her birthday on September 10th each year).
Best friend: Missy chimpanzee
Nicknames: Annie-bo-bannie, Miss Annie
Best known for: Putting her feet up and making bird noises
Personality: Sweet, kind, gentle, gorgeous, playful, sassy, courageous, evolving.
Distinguishing physical characteristic: notch in her right ear.
Other: She secretly loves to groom human toes with a tool.



Click here to read more about Annie’s history before arriving at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

Happy Birthday, Meg!

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Today’s day of sanctuary was sponsored by the chimps’ good friend, Meg Lunnum! Meg has been a long-time supporter of the chimpanzees and their sanctuary home and she shared this message about today:

“Today is my birthday and my birthday wish is for the chimpanzees to have new roommates. I understand this is a real possibility and I am so excited.”

Meg, thank you so much for thinking of the chimpanzees today and always! We have such an exciting year ahead as we begin to move forward with our plans for expanding the sanctuary and the chimps’ family. How very special it is to have you as part of our sanctuary family as we watch the chimps’ lives grow in so many wonderful ways. Thank you so much for recognizing and honoring them, and all animals, as the amazing individuals they are. All of us here at the sanctuary send you Happy Birthday hoots!! We’re so glad you are in the world!

Your pal, Queen Neggie:




Nap Time

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

I love taking photos and video of the chimpanzees running around, being active, and getting into mischief. Active chimpanzees are generally happy chimpanzees, and when I watch them explore and run I think of all of the years they lived in small cages.

There’s also something incredible, though, about watching the chimps truly relax.

Today the sun is streaming into the playroom and seems to be making Jamie and Negra very sleepy.

Jamie, in typical Jamie fashion, is curled up in her nest with boots and toys:

Jamie sleepy

Jamie in her nest


Of course, being Jamie, this nap is not going to last very long:

Jamie eyes open close up


Negra is in her spot on the catwalk of the playroom in front of the window – feet up in the air:

Negra sleeping


Doesn’t this just make you want to join them in relaxing in the sun?

Negra resting