This is post #1,000 on our blog!
All of the caregivers, like many of you, are completely addicted to the blog. We look forward to finding out what has happened in the chimp house on the days when we’re not there and we often watch videos over and over (and over). Even though we see the chimps in person pretty often, we still learn new things from posts by other staff members. And we LOVE sharing the amazing Cle Elum Seven with you.
I asked the staff caregivers to pick their own favorite blog posts. It was a serious challenge, but here are the staff favorites, with the caveat that these are the posts that jumped to mind. Each time I’m reminded of a past post, invariable I think, “oh, yeah – THAT’s my favorite!”
Next, I’ll compile all of YOUR favorite posts. Let me know your favorite if you haven’t already by just commenting on this post.
J.B. (Director of Operations) Favorite Posts:
Old ladies playing 7/3/2008
I think this was the first time we saw Negra play at the sanctuary. It makes me happy to see her so happy.
Missy and the Kong toy 8/28/2010
Because Missy cracks me up.
Jackie (Development Coordinator) Favorite Posts:
Playful bunch of chimps 5/14/2010
This was on a day that I was here alone and Negra started playing tug of war and letting me tickle her back while she head nodded– it was so special and I had no one to share it with. Then J.B. came by and I was able to film him playing with her for the first time. Very special day.
Oh Neggie 5/21/2010
A week later and it was filmed outside, so it may be a better video.
Through the Looking Glass 11/29/09
It was right after we had given them the glass window and maybe the first time they figured out they could play with us through there (or at least the first time on the blog) and all the different things we could do through it.
Elizabeth (Volunteer Coordinator) Favorite Posts:
Great way to start the day 9/25/10
I love this video because what J.B. said is true. No matter how tired I am in the morning or how much trouble I had getting out of bed, it’s guaranteed that as soon as the door is opened, one of the chimps will make me smile. I love all of the milestone videos/blog posts as well, of course, but this one is true to my everyday experience as a caregiver
Me – Diana (Director of Outreach) Favorite Posts:
For all you Negra fans 3/20/2010
I am motivated to do a lot of my work just thinking about Negra – what she’s been through and the new life that we are able to provide her with now (like the greenhouse). Knowing that she has other fans out there makes me so happy. I also just love that Missy can bring out the silly in people. The way she stuck her feet out to be bitten by Negra is such a classic Missy move. The last photo of Negra 100% relaxed is one of my favorites.
The Party Police 9/24/2010
This video cracks me up every time I watch it, and I’ve watched it many times. Missy and Foxie’s reaction to Jamie makes me laugh just to think about it – I don’t even have to be watching the video. I love that everything is going on without the chimps taking note that they’re being filmed too.
Exciting Foxie stories 6/17/2009
I don’t generally believe in the supernatural, but that day was magical. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Sarah (Executive Director) Favorite Posts:
Negra thanks you 1/8/2010
I love the before and after posts – makes me so proud to be a part of the team helping them recover.
Full of beans 12/31/2010