9:00am: Up the winding driveway…
Good morning, sanctuary!
Ellie the elk started the day in her favorite spot under the observation deck:
Volunteer caregivers Denice and Sandra set to work preparing breakfast:
Usually when we arrive for the day this time of year there are several chimps outside in the greenhouse. Today it was just Negra cuddled under a blanket:
Soon breakfast was ready!
Our typical routine is to serve a small snack in the indoor front rooms first thing to entice the chimps out of the greenhouse so we can close it off for cleaning. Volunteer caregiver-in-training Yuri offered the chimps some grapefruit while I closed and locked the doors leading to the greenhouse.
Negra is not always a people person, but this morning as she ate her grapefruit she was feeling extra affectionate as she offered her back to Sandra for a knuckle rub and offered Denice a kiss.
We all checked the doors and locks to make sure it was safe to unlock the greenhouse:
and then got to work!
Afterward Yuri double-checked locks on the greenhouse door:
and we started the first batch of dirty toys soaking in the tub:
and the first load of dirty blankets in the washer:
Then Yuri served the rest of breakfast in the greenhouse:
and wrote in his training notebook:
Next we tackled the playroom, which is the largest indoor space at the sanctuary. We cleaned upstairs:
and when we were done, set up a little tea party for the chimps:
While we cleaned the playroom, the chimps enjoyed the warm greenhouse.
We run through a series of safety checks before giving the chimps access to Young’s Hill each day, so I did those while Denice, Yuri, and Sandra wrapped up the playroom.
Foxie was the first to squeeze through the door to the hill as it was opening:
But she was quickly joined by Jody, Negra, Missy, and Annie:
Our last big cleaning task for the morning was the front rooms, which we started after a short break:
After some time outside, Foxie wandered into the playroom to spend some quality time with her dolls:
and Jamie requested a drink of water from the hose:
Since we had plenty of cleaners to handle the front rooms, Denice started on some kitchen tasks. She prepared some chow bags:
and put some potatoes in the oven for dinner:
After cleaning, Yuri and Denice picked some veggies from the chimps’ garden for lunch:
While Yuri served lunch in the greenhouse, Sandra kept the endless laundry moving along:
After lunch, it was finally time for some fun. Sandra and Jamie groomed in the greenhouse:
while Yuri and Burrito went for a walk around Young’s Hill.
After the walk, Burrito was in the mood for a little tug of war:
A little later in the afternoon JB, Diana, and Katelyn came up from the office and we did some PRT (Positive Reinforcement Training) with the chimps.
Missy presenting her wrist for Katelyn:
We ended the day with a dinner forage in the playroom. Jamie used a plate to collect her food:
And finally, it was goodnight.