>It began a few months ago with the thought – ‘I want to photograph a chimp’… a phone call later, a visit, an elementary school talk and a pile of cheerios necklaces, resulted in my thought becoming a reality.
Today I spent an amazing morning at CHIMPS INC with Herbie, Jackson and Emma who had fun playing and eating Cheerio necklaces made by some 4th grade students.
Chimps Inc. is a nonprofit, wildlife sanctuary dedicated to furthering chimpanzee conservation through education. It was founded by Lesley Day in 1995 in response to the multitude of captive chimpanzees desperately in need of homes.
It was an honor to have this opportunity to photograph three of the chimps who reside at Chimps Inc. I felt a natural bond when I watched them moving and showing such human like mannerisms. I could have stayed there ALL day.
Jane Goodall of course always comes to mind anytime I see a chimp! I have some exciting news to share, she will be visiting Bend Oregon on Oct 8th! Such a wonderful opportunity to see a woman who has had such an impact in the Chimpanzee world.
I look forward to photographing Jane when she visits.
Enjoy and thanks Lesley and the staff at Chimps Inc who are making such a difference!