Today we kept half of the chimp house pretty low key and quiet so Burrito and Willy B could continue to build their friendship. Meanwhile, the “Girl Gang” celebrated Jamie’s 42nd Birthday in their upstairs Mezzanine space. Happy Jamieween everyone!
As promised, the Annie birthday extravaganza video is here! Annie just brings so much light into our lives. When I see Annie in the mornings running around with Missy all I can do is smile, in the afternoon when she is all sprawled out in a nest making sweet bird sounds it all but makes my heart smile. And did I forget to say how fashionable she is wearing her headbands as waistbands! I mentioned yesterday watching Annie become more comfortable in her own skin, becoming more brave, and bold everyday. That is what a sanctuary is about. Annie is safe, healthy, and letting her hair down, so to speak.
Our dear sweet Annie turned 45 years young today! We celebrated her birthday with a sunflower theme! What could be more fitting?! Sunflowers for the girl who makes our world so beautiful and bright. We love Annie so much and it has been an honor to watch her grow more comfortable with herself and others. Let’s all give a big cheers for the most wonderfully amazing Annie!
P.S. We will have a video for you all tomorrow, but I have a few photos to share with you in the meantime.
Annie with her sunflowers:
Our wonderful volunteers made the Green House look so beautiful:
As many of you may have known, Foxie’s Birthday was yesterday. She turned 43 years young! We made sure Foxie had all her favorite things! There were smoothies, dolls, and watermelon bowls everywhere out on Young’s Hill! Everyone seem to enjoy Foxie’s birthday bash as well!
I don’t know about you guys, but Easter morning in my house was the best! Scouring the inside and outside of the house for Easter eggs before your brother or sister got to them, looking through an Easter basket, and eating those eggs you worked so hard dyeing! So, this morning the first thing the chimps got to do was have an Easter egg hunt! A lot of work goes into our parties for the chimps. We at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest are lucky enough to have so many amazing volunteers. They are SO awesome that, as some of you might have seen on Facebook, one of our volunteers made the chimps’ Easter baskets by hand!
Our volunteers are a major reason why parties go so smoothly. They help prep days before and the day of, and help us clean the day after.
Volunteer Miranda hiding Easter eggs out on Young’s Hill:
Volunteer Alan planting carrots in the ground for the Easter forage:
Before the festivities could start we needed to give out some routine things like vitamins, smoothie, and meds. Volunteer Lizz also got to serve a tasty surprise for the chimps. The chimps got to have hard boiled eggs! The eggs came from staff caregiver Anna’s happy pet chickens . They don’t get them that often, but when they do, they love them!
It was really hard to decide what photos to choose for the blog today. There were so many good ones, I hope you all enjoy our Easter party!
Foxie and her doll:
Searching for eggs:
But Jody really won this Easter egg hunt. She made out with a lot of loot and I never saw Jody without one of those baskets in her hands either!
Happy LOVE Day everyone!
A very happy 36th birthday to the one and only Burrito.