Today is World Environment Day! World Environment Day has been held annually on June 5th since 1972 to raise awareness on issues our environment is facing and how to combat them. The events are also hosted by a city or nation to lead the theme and festivities. This year is being hosted by Côte d’Ivoire with the theme Solutions to Plastic Pollution with the social media hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution.
Here at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, we try as much as we can to limit our footprint on the environment. From composting uneaten foods to recycling paper to reusing items for chimpanzee enrichment, we are conscious of what we use, how we use it, and how to properly dispose of it. Through the TerraCycle programs, we have boxes setup throughout the sanctuary where staff and volunteers can get rid of used gloves and masks, which are then shipped off to be recycled. We also use Tru Earth laundry eco-strips. These strips if concentrated laundry detergent help us keep the chimpanzees’ blankets smelling fresh without the use of big plastic jugs detergent usually comes in. In fact, the packing itself is zero waste and can be composted. Did you know, the people were gracious enough to set up a fundraising page for us? Every purchased made at this link, 20% will be donated to help with the chimpanzee and cattle care!
For World Environment Day, I had a plan to have photos of the chimpanzees with today’s browse: wild roses!
The chimpanzees were faster than I had anticipated. After giving them access back to their Greenhouse after cleaning, Jamie’s group left nothing buy stems of the once beautiful roses. This photo of Jamie finishing off the last rose was all I was able to capture.
I apologize, but you will just have to imagine the chimpanzees with roses.
After all the roses were gone, it was time to relax. I couldn’t tell though if Burrito was relaxing or planning his next scheme.
(Hint: it was a scheme that involved a lot of play.)
On the other side of the sanctuary, Cy’s group had an amazing day on the Bray. The weather was perfect. The sun was out. The temperature was warm but not hot. And there was a breeze that would come through every so often.
Cy looking on as Rayne and Gordo explore Ryan’s Lookout.
Rayne and Gordo marching along.
Cy soaking up some sun.
Lucky looking out to the valley and river below the sanctuary.
Rayne waiting for the train to pass by.
While most were out on the Bray, some elected to stay behind and groom in the shade.
Mave even was able to go into full relaxation mode.