Category Archives: Sanctuary

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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It’s Baby Bird Season!

Written by Shannon Wallin At CHCI, compassion encompasses more then just the chimpanzees. Springtime brings the baby birds, and unfortunately, a lot of ‘lost’ baby birds. One rainy day last week we found this tiny baby quail in the chimpanzee’s … Continue reading

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Popcorn Forage

Written by Kaeley Sullins We recently watched some old movies of the chimpanzees when they still lived in the psychology building. In one of the movies, the caregivers put out a very clever popcorn forage! They placed popcorn in big … Continue reading

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Happy Chimpanzees!

Written by Meg Mas A few weeks ago Bonnie and I were spending time with the chimpanzees. Tatu and Bonnie were filing their nails together while Loulis and I played tug-o-war with a hose. After a few minutes, Tatu walked … Continue reading

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Shortly after Dar passed away I shared this conversation we had about my pregnancy in a post titled Solace. “Two weeks ago when I was interacting with Dar I signed WHAT THAT? pointing to my belly that is just starting … Continue reading

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Playing on Berm

Written by Kaeley Sullins I was up for a berm shift when Tatu and Loulis came out to join me. They sat on the terrace for a while and then decided it was time to play! The game shortly turned … 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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