Today, we let you all watch one of the most exciting events that takes place at the sanctuary every day: lunch.
For those of you who were busy during the live stream or were unable to connect via Facebook, you can watch the recording here. (Unfortunately, it’s not possible to embed Facebook videos directly into the blog post.)
Despite some early technical obstacles, I was eventually able to broadcast a live feed that showed the Seven foraging on Young’s Hill, their outdoor enclosure. I then brought my phone to the Greenhouse so that the chimpanzees could join in on the chat. Burrito, of course, was interested in playing chase and seemed intrigued by the Facebook video being sent to all of you from the palm of my hand. As usual, he stole the show.
It was great to see so many viewers join in on the broadcast, despite the short notice and connection troubles. I tried to answer some questions during the stream while Diana typed out additional responses from the sanctuary’s office. I wasn’t expecting so much engagement (170+ comments in 24 minutes!), so I will do my best to address any additional inquiries throughout the day.
Thank you all for your patience, interest, and support!
Here are some still photographs to accompany the today’s events.
The Neighbor’s Horses:
And, finally, an intimate moment shared between Honey (one of our resident cattle) and one of the neighboring mares:
Laurie J Church says
OMG that was wonderfully done!!!
Thank you, Laurie!
Arlene and Michael says
What a wonderful idea to livestream lunch at the Sanctuary! Burrito could have his own show. Thank you for these beautiful photos.
Thank you! It was a spontaneous idea, so I am glad that you enjoyed it.
Oh Burrito, you are a star !
The live steam was really fun to watch, thanks for that.
And such great pictures, I love those beautiful neighbor horses, how lucky that they come to visit.
Although I’m sure Jamie doesn’t agree 🙂
Thanks, CeeCee! The horses are beautiful, and actually quite friendly. They do seem to be on edge whenever the chimps are walking along the upper portion of Young’s Hill, but the chimps are familiar with horses and don’t seem to pay too much attention to them.
Oh drat! I am so sorry I missed the live lunch on FB, if I’d known about it I would have tuned in. But a live lunch, what a terrific idea! I am going to wait so I can watch it with my cup of coffee tomorrow morning — I can’t wait! Not sure if there’s anything better than watching meal time at CSNW. Thanks for the photos. Incredible photo of the always beautiful Annie. Honey meets horse is sweet too. I swear, Young’s Hill is paradise, these photos are amazing.
Hey Kathleen! I wasn’t able to give much notice for the live stream, so that’s on me. Hopefully it was enjoyable as breakfast leftovers!
I was also happy to get some photos of Annie. Her aloof personality means that it’s not easy to create portraits of her with the camera.
Thank you so much, I really enjoyed watching the video, and the photos are stunning, the color of the sky is unreal! CSNW is definitely the “enrichment” I need in my day.
Hey Betsy! Thanks!
To be transparent, I did use a polarizing filter for those those last three photos and then crisped them up using Adobe Lightroom. I tried to make it so the image was a reflection of what we actually see here at the sanctuary- clear blue skies all summer long.
P.S. If you compare it to the photos above it, for which I didn’t do any processing, you’ll see that the sky looks washed out. Most of the photos we post on the blog were taken just hours earlier and haven’t been altered yet.
Thanks Anthony for doing the live forage, I just finished watching. Now I can see where the horses are in relation to the chimps/cows, very cool. What must they think of the chimps, haa haa! I’m not sure Burrito was into the live presentation, seemed as if you were too distracted answering questions when all Mr. B wanted to do way play. I personally enjoyed just being able to see the beautiful scenery of Cle Elum in the background. I really love that portion of WA. Thanks again, that was fun!
Yes, the neighbor’s horses are grazing on our west/upper pasture which is situated behind Young’s Hill. The sanctuary’s cattle currently have access to the Central and South pastures that flank the Hill on each side, respectively.
Bubba’s desire to play chase is insatiable, and he’s always goofing around with the other chimps and with the caregivers. I made sure that I stopped to run around the Greenhouse with him once the live stream was complete!
A daily live feed ala Tiny Kittens would be awesome. I’m sure Shelly could give you some advice. I don’t know if you have the ability to set up cameras for live streams, but it would be a treat for those of us who love to watch those amazing people, cows and that beautiful mare.
Thanks, Vicky! Currently, even brief live streams push the limits of our technological capacity so I don’t think a 24/7 camera feed is in the works. Still, we’re always brainstorming new ways to demonstrate what we do and teach people about the chimps, so I’m sure we’ll have exciting new presentations in the future.
Linda C says
I’m not on FB, so of it was advertised elsewhere, I missed it. Thanks for the link, though!
Love how Bubba gave up trying to get you to play with the plastic tube, lol (I imagine it would have been too hard to do while holding the cameta!)
I admittedly decided to do this as we were finishing the morning chores so the lack of advertising is on me!
Regarding Burrito’s invitations to play, hosting a live stream would be too distracting. When we interact with the chimps through the caging, we make sure that all of our attention is focused on them for safety purposes. Once I completed the stream and put my phone away, it was easier to play a game of chase with Bubba!
Pat Malcolm says
Honey plus horse! Melts my heart! ??
When the horses first began running along their shared fence line, Honey was the first of the cattle to greet their new neighbors. She was friendly and curious; she tried to sniff them as much as she could!