All the waaaaaay back in January we had the pleasure of announcing that we were looking for 2 new staff members to come on board in time for the arrival of the incoming group of chimpanzees. This past week we excitedly welcomed Samantha (Sam) and Sofía as our newest teammates! While they are the most recently hired employees at CSNW, they certainly aren’t strangers at the sanctuary. They are both former interns and Central Washington University Masters graduates that are returning to us after gaining further valuable experience in the outside world.
Sam returns to CSNW as a full-time caregiver after working for several years as a caregiver at Project Chimps, a sanctuary located in Northern Georgia. She brings with her a wealth of experience working with a large population of chimpanzees that come from biomedical research.
Sofía is back at the sanctuary as part of our caregiving and veterinary team. In addition to her past primate experience at CSNW and CWU, she has many years of experience working in the animal science and veterinary fields. Oh and she happens to love cattle, a passion that will come in handy around here!
I will let Sam and Sofía tell you more about themselves in their own future blogs, but for now, please join me in giving them a warm welcome back to the sanctuary!