Author Archives: Lisa Anne

About Lisa Anne

Lisa is the part-time chimpanzee caregiver at CHCI. She graduated in 2008 from CWU with a Bachelor of Science in Primate Behavior and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Lisa brings a variety of skills and experience from her life prior to CWU, including jobs in real estate, consumer credit counseling, and at Amazon.com. She is also trained as a doula and an elementary school teacher and participates as a skater on her local roller derby league.

Taking Care of Business (Or, Tatu is a good friend!)

When I went to greet the chimpanzees this morning they were both outside. Loulis was lying down on the cement steps but after a moment he bronx cheered to get my attention and initiated a rowdy game of chase. Then … Continue reading

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Birthdays are for sharing

Written by Lisa Schuster Lyons I celebrated my 36th birthday this year and I have to say that the very best part of it, hands down, was the birthday breakfast forage I brought in for the chimpanzees to enjoy. I … Continue reading

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PROM Troglodytes!

Written by Joel Feller and Erika Price Several of us interns got together for an enrichment meeting after our weekly safety meeting on Monday and realized we had an exciting advanced enrichment day coming up: Prom Troglodytes! We decided on … Continue reading

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Happy 20th Anniversary!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. Providing Washoe’s chimpanzee family with sanctuary and care has drawn a diverse multitude of volunteers and visitors to Ellensburg over the years. We are proud to have served … Continue reading

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Attending an Advanced Chimposium – NYC to Ellensburg

Written by: Sandra Casti This past October, I flew across the country on a mission to confirm my decision to apply for Central Washington University’s M.S. program in Primate Behavior. My dad and I planned a trip out west for … Continue reading

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How to entertain your chimpanzee friends

During the day I really enjoy the opportunity to share quiet moments with the chimpanzees as well as rowdy ones. One dayTatu and I looked through pictures together on the digital camera that we use to take most of our … Continue reading

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All you need is love . . .

. . . and maybe some chocolate. May today and every day be filled with the joy you spend in the presence of those you love. With much love from all of us at CHCI and thank you to Sandi … Continue reading

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