Project Chimps – Here’s Maverick, Justin and Rocko!

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The 12 Days of Chimpmas

The chimpanzees at Project Chimps have been especially good this year – no coal for them! A few have been naughty but most have been nice, so we’re planning some special holiday gifts for each and every chimp in sanctuary. We’re calling it the 12 Days of Chimpmas!

With 20 new residents there is one thing we know the chimps would enjoy more of…


Every day, our Chimpanzee Care team rotates the toys from group to group, but we have discovered there are some favorites we simply don’t have enough of to go around.

The 12 Days of Chimpmas

Here’s our holiday Wish List for the chimps for the 12 Days of Chimpmas! Use Amazon Smile and Project Chimps will get additional proceeds from your purchase at no additional cost to you!

We invite you to sing this part – you know the tune! “

On the twelfth day of Chimpmas our good friends sent to us, twelve red hide-a-treats, eleven kibble hiders, ten purple wobbies, nine pastel stacker cups, eight orange whatcha-ma-call-its, seven plush baby dolls, six geo-puzzle sets, five ball-ll inside a ball-ll, four red bouncy globes, three rocker rounds, two green rollers, and a sensory top for chimps to get diz-zy!”

Hard at work for the chimps

As you know, it’s not always fun and games in sanctuary and our team has worked incredibly hard this year to renovate every single villa on our property and rotate the chimps into new configurations. It’s an exhausting, but rewarding, process for everyone involved.

As we settle in for the winter and get to know our newest residents, we are working on our plans for the new year, nee, the new decade! I can’t wait to share with you the exciting news of what lies ahead of in the near future. But for now, we will look at the here and now and enjoy this moment in time, the last few weeks before we roll into the “Roaring 20s.” Or should we say the “Pant-hooting 20s?”

Loretta in snow…actually it’s coconut flakes!
Visit us in the New Year

I thank you for being part of our journey, for joining us on our adventures this year. If you have not yet been to the sanctuary, I hope you’ll look at our upcoming events and vacation options and if you haven’t been in here recently, I hope you will come back soon!

And we close out the decade and look ahead to providing care for more than 200 chimps in the decade ahead, we invite you to make a sustaining, recurring gift in any amount today.

With warmest holiday wishes from all of us at Project Chimps!

Ali Crumpacker
Executive Director

PS – Looking for the perfect gift for a special someone in your life? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide today.

Here’s Justin, Maverick, and Rocko!
Meet three of the camera-shy chimps from Kirk’s group of new chimps: Justin, Maverick and Rocko. They finally warmed up to the camera so Veterinary Assistant and photographer Crystal Alba was able to snap these photos!

We’ve just integrated Kirk’s and Justin’s groups!

Kirk’s group, including Maverick and Rocko, were just integrated with Justin and his group mate Neal. The two groups had been neighbors in the lab and travelled to sanctuary on the same transport, but they had never lived together! Read the story about their introductions on our Chimp Chatter Blog!

Justin, 31
Maverick, 26
Rocko, 30

Sponsor a Chimp for the Holidays

A chimpanzee sponsorship makes a meaningful gift for holidays, birthdays, celebrations, and for yourself!

This adorable, limited-edition holiday plush is available with new sponsorships. It features a tiny sock monkey as a gift for the chimp! Order by Dec. 16th for shipping in time for the holidays!

View chimp options and place your sponsorship today!

Shop for the Holidays and Help the Chimps

Looking for that perfect gift for your favorite human primate?

Treating yourself this year?

See all the options in our Holiday Gift Guide today!

Shop Now

2020 Events at Project Chimps

Public Events:
April 18 & 19- Chimps Rock!.
 Tickets can be secured here.
May 16 & 17 – Discovery Days. Tickets can be secured here.

Volunteer Vacation Events:
February 15 – Airbnb Experience (2 hours)
. Tours can be reserved here.
March 9-13 – Spring Brachiate (5 days). Spots can be reserved here.
March 14 – Airbnb Experience (2 hours). Tours can be reserved here.
March 16-20 – Spring Brachiate (5 days). Spots can be reserved here.
April 7 – Photo Workshop (7 hours). Spots can be reserved here.
April 13-17 – Chimpcation (5 days) (only 3 spots left). Spots can be reserved here.
May 11-15 – Chimpcation (5 days) (only 3 spots left). Spots can be reserved here.

You can also book a private Supporter Tour starting at $500. Details can be found here.

Event tickets and registrations make amazing holiday gifts! Consider giving the gift of Chimpcation, Spring Brachiate or a private tour in 2020 to someone you love. Learn more.

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve and M.L.

Project Chimps volunteers Steve Mango and M.L. Daly live next door to the sanctuary.
When they moved from Rochester, New York, to Morganton, Georgia, in 2017, husband and wife team Steve Mango and M.L. Daly had no idea what their new neighbors would be like. Much to their surprise, and delight, their neighbors turned out to be chimpanzees!

Steve and M.L, a retired image scientist and nurse, respectively, share a love for animals and thought volunteering at Project Chimps would be the perfect way to meet other human primates in their new hometown. In early 2019, they dove in feet first and signed up to volunteer every Wednesday at the sanctuary.

M.L started off in the kitchen preparing fresh fruits and vegetables for the chimpanzees. Now, she volunteers in the Gate House assisting with administrative projects such as data entry and recording donations. M.L. enjoys working with spreadsheets and data. She says it’s a great way to continue to challenge herself in retirement. In less than 10 months, she has accumulated more than 125 volunteer hours in service of the chimps!

Steve primarily volunteers with the Facilities and maintenance crew, where he helps to maintain the buildings, grounds, and perimeter fence of the sanctuary. Most recently he helped prepare Cedar Tree and Chimps Ahoy villas for the arrival of 20 new chimps – Anna and Rosemary’s group of ten females and Kirk’s group of ten males. These projects have topped him off at nearly 250 volunteer hours to date.

Both Steve and M.L. find joy in the camaraderie and friendships they have developed with the humans at Project Chimps and look forward to many more years of service (and many more chimps) at the sanctuary.

Project Chimps is always seeking new volunteers. You can also become a financial sponsor for a chimp like M.L.’s personal favorite, Leo. A chimpanzee sponsorship is the perfect unique and impactful gift for the holidays!

Welcome Rodney!

Welcome Rodney Newberry to the Facilities Team!
Please join us in welcoming Rodney Newberry to the Project Chimps team! Rodney recently joined Christy’s team as a full-time Facilities Maintenance Assistant. Rodney has held previous positions with private contractors and the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Department. His skills include construction project management, carpentry, drywall, plumbing, electrical, and many others. Rodney graduated from Gilmer County in nearby Ellijay, where he still lives today.

Know someone who would like to join our team as a Chimpanzee Caregiver? Please encourage them to apply here.

You can help us or continue to help us provide for all the chimpanzees currently in our care; all it takes is a small donation. Thank you.

1 Comment

  1. Project Chimps December 17, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the chimps’ stories!

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