Posts Tagged ‘chimpanzee’

Missy’s athletic prowess

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Missy is a very athletic individual. She especially loves to run, and if she accompanies Jamie on a walk around the hill, she will usually pause for a minute and let Jamie get ahead—just so she can sprint to catch up. She often has a playface when running around Young’s Hill, so she clearly gets a lot of joy from it. I would imagine after decades in a lab it must feel so freeing.

In between sprints, Missy will take brief moments to look across the valley surrounding the sanctuary. Sometimes she likes to climb up to a high perch in order to take in the view. The other day I was able to get a photo of Missy on one of the high posts, but only for a minute before she scrambled down to the ground for some more running. It’s very impressive to watch her climb down one of these posts!

Missy sit on post

Missy climb down post

Missy climb down post

Missy climb down post

Missy climb down post

Missy climb down post and eat snow

Today at the sanctuary

Monday, January 26th, 2015

We’re all a little stunned by the gorgeous weather we’re having today. The chimpanzees are in great moods and are making the most of their day. Here are our favorite photos from this morning and afternoon. (Don’t let these photos fool you; these all happened to be taken indoors, but the chimps are enjoying a ton of time outside today in the sunshine.)

Foxie inspecting a chow biscuit:


Negra looking out the window:


Jamie with a toothbrush:


Jody with a mouthful of chow at breakfast:


Missy wading through a box of enrichment:




Burrito during today’s breakfast forage:


Forages and Serving – Variety is the Spice of Life

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Today I have for you a video of the chimpanzees enjoying food. Now, we all know that Burrito is pretty irresistible, especially when he’s excited about food (see exhibits A and B photos below):

Burrito with chow in mouth

Burrito with chow in mouth


But I think my favorite part of the video is Jamie’s look when she’s enjoying the last bit of smoothie from a dixie cup. See for yourself:

Running around the hill

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

It’s cold and foggy here in Cle Elum, but that didn’t stop Missy, Jamie, and volunteer Becca from going on a few walks this morning.


Jamie likes to walk slowly and steadily, while Missy tends to run full speed until she catches up. Then she waits for Jamie and Becca to get ahead so she can run and catch up again.


But there’s something about the last downhill stretch that gets everybody running…even Jamie.



Missy is smooth and graceful when she’s running, while Jamie lumbers along awkwardly.


In fact, I sometimes worry that she’ll just run out of control with her head down until she crashes into the fence at the bottom of the hill.


But she always manages to stop.


And then it’s time to go around again.



Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Alpha Jamie can be pretty bossy, but she’s not entirely opposed to the other chimpanzees having some fun. (Just a little bit, on occasion.)

Dashing Burrito

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I’ll never tire of seeing this guy in our “portrait studio” — the place in the chimp house with a lot of great natural lighting. Just check these out!







Monday, January 19th, 2015

The ceiling of the greenhouse is made up of long metal bars that allow the chimpanzees to brachiate (swing arm over arm), much like wild chimps swing through the trees. The chimps use these bars pretty often to move from place to place in the greenhouse. For Foxie, though, they’re more than functional – they’re fun. Foxie uses the greenhouse ceiling as her own personal playground. She climbs around upside down on all fours, and then dangles by her feet (sometimes while laughing). Today she took Dora along for the ride.








In Search of The Perfect Snow to Eat

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

It didn’t take long for the chimpanzees to make their way outside today once the sun came out. Jamie, Jody, Annie, Missy, Foxie and Burrito all made their way onto Young’s Hill. While Jamie continued on to do her first perimeter walk around the hill, the other chimpanzees were more focused on eating the pieces of crusty snow they found. Missy seemed to be on a mission to find the perfect piece.

Missy took her time making her way across the logs, eating chunks of crusty snow along the way.

Then she moved on to Negra’s cabin in search of more pieces. Of course, as many of you know by now, Missy has a knack for climbing. She climbed up one of the posts and made her way up to the roof of the cabin.





Lo and behold, there it was, another big piece.


She took her time enjoying the morsel, taking in the scenery and scoping out where to find the next piece.


When she finished, she climbed onto the roof of the cabin and then proceeded to check for more crusty snow chunks on the other side.


After that, she continued up to the top of the cabin.




Ahhhh, the perfect piece.


Taking some photos up a notch

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

I really like black and white photos. I think it lends a more intimate feeling to portraits – you can really concentrate on the person’s facial features and wonder about their personalities and their pasts without the distraction of color.

We’ve been getting some great close-up photos of the chimpanzees lately plus I found a few that we hadn’t posted before, so I thought I would render some in black and white and sepia.

What do you think?

This is a close up of Annie’s eyes:

close up eyes of Annie


annie close-up b&w



foxie b&w


Jamie (I just love this photo that Katelyn took – it’s great in color and sepia):

jamie sepia



jody b&w



burrito b&w



missy sepia


Last, but never least, Negra:

Negra b&w

Let it Snow (just this one time, then we’re ready for spring)

Friday, January 16th, 2015

We haven’t really had much snow here in Central Washington this winter. This is sort of a mixed blessing for the chimps. On the one hand, the lack of snow allows them to spend more time outside during the winter, which is great. But on the other hand, snow to a chimpanzee is like an endless supply of food falling magically from the sky. And who wouldn’t want that?


Today we had the best of both worlds. We woke up to some fresh snow, which kept the chimps thoroughly enriched all morning. By afternoon, the snow was gone, and the chimps were back on the hill getting their exercise.

So that was fun. Now we’re ready for spring.