Like so many of our neighbors across the southern U.S., last week, Chimp Haven experienced extreme weather in the form of frigid temperatures, snow, and ice uncommon to our area. We are so grateful to everyone who has reached out to check on us and the chimps and I want to take just a moment to update you on how we’re doing.
Snow fall at the sanctuary — a rare sight in Louisiana!
Time and time again our care team has proven just how dedicated they are to keeping the chimps healthy and safe – but this week they truly outdid themselves. Our team has maintained round-the-clock presence at the sanctuary to ensure the chimps are warm and care for.
From delivering meals to the chimps’ bedrooms, to completing day-and-night checks to ensure the bedrooms maintained warmth, ensuring generators and heaters are running, and distributing medications, their efforts this week have truly been exceptional. When the sanctuary lost running water access on Wednesday, the team immediately shifted to hand-watering the chimps to ensure they stay hydrated.
For most of last week, the chimps remained indoors for their safety – as you might imagine, most of them would prefer not to go outside when the temperatures drop. They are doing well thanks to the efforts of our wonderful care team. Like us, we think they’re ready for spring!
This weekend, a fresh crew arrived and, as temperatures slowly begin to rise, they began the effort of getting the sanctuary tidied up and back to normal.
As the sun began to peek through, the chimps also got some outdoor time to soak it up and discover the snow — something they were very excited about!
Cherry Blossom discovers snow
It’s been a long, challenging week, but we’re so grateful to our staff and for wonderful supporters like you who always help us do what’s best for the chimps.
Thank you for supporting Chimp Haven – we truly couldn’t do this work without you!
Quilla enjoys some outdoor time as temperatures slowly begin to warm