When is a roll of paper not just a roll of paper? When it’s been appropriated for use by the chimpanzees of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, of course! Yesterday’s enrichment theme was paper day and, in the spirit of things, Debbie and I covered the playroom floor with yellow paper from a large roll. Not only did it provide entertainment as we could hear the wrinkles and crinkles whenever the chimpanzees raced across the floor engaged in games of chase, but it also provided prime nesting material for Jamie in the heat of the afternoon.
I was unable to get a good picture this morning but the yellow paper was choice nesting material today as well. Missy was seen earlier in the day using it to nest with in the loft of the playroom. I tried to capture the nest on film this afternoon and found that the paper nest had migrated in the loft. It appears that the paper roll was a successful choice for enriching the lives of the Cle Elum 7.
Want to know more about chimpanzee nesting behavior? This blog post is a good introduction.