What a day! The chimpanzees had a terrific 4th of July, starting with a party in the morning, set up by caregiver volunteers Patti and Connie and new staff member Anna.
Here are just a few party photo selections.
Burrito licking a smoothie shot glass clean:
Jamie managed to get both of the piñatas:
But she shared with Missy:
After we finished cleaning the playroom, Patti and Connie put some ice and pomegranate juice in the pool. Jamie dragged the pool around with her as she foraged for the kale that was also thrown about the room, then she and Jody settled in for some ice eating, with other chimps coming by once in a while. Jamie would pick up the ice with her hands, put it in her mouth, dry off her hands, then repeat.
Today was our first summer visit day, led by J.B., so we put out a forage on the hill for lunch that included pea shoots from the sanctuary garden, harvested by caregiver volunteer Denice who dropped by just to say hello and do a little gardening. The pea shoots were a hit, as was the corn. It was another hot day, so most of the chimps gathered food from the hill and brought it in to the cooler greenhouse for leisurely snacking.
It wasn’t long before Jamie wanted to go back out on the hill to explore and look for more food, and she asked me to tag along after I put on her new pair of favorite boots.
She explored the hill as though it were an obstacle course, definitely appreciating the freedom she is able to have in her sanctuary home:
This is the new shaky bridge that connects the two towers:
Meanwhile, Burrito took a nap in the playroom:
Dinner included a pretty special treat for everyone – Field Roast frankfurters!
I didn’t get any good photos of Negra today, but maybe that’s okay, since she was the star of yesterday’s blog post.
We hope you all have a great and safe 4th of July!