Born 1977 in captivity, Jamie is extremely intelligent.
She stays busy by using the toys and other objects that are provided at the sanctuary. She has a deep love of cowboy boots and likes for her human caregivers to wear her current favorite pair as they walk on the outside of the chimpanzees' outdoor habitat called Young's Hill while she walks alongside on the inside of the fencing, patroling the perimeter of the habitat.
She is very interested in what the humans are doing and monitors the window to the kitchen as meals are being prepared for the chimpanzees.
Jamie can be a challenge to keep mentally occupied, but it's a challenge we gladly take on.
It is difficult to imagine how she survived the years of boredom and fear in biomedical research.
When she's not trying to outwit her caregivers or creating projects for herself, she plays games of keep-away with Foxie's troll dolls. These games can get rambunctious and usually result in wrestling and lots of laughter between the two.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) is located on a 26-acre farm in the Cascade mountains, 90 miles east of Seattle. CSNW is one of only a handful of sanctuaries in the country that cares for chimpanzees. CSNW was founded in 2003 to provide sanctuary for chimpanzees discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries. On June 13, 2008, seven chimpanzees arrived from a private biomedical facility in Pennsylvania. Some of the chimpanzees were kept as pets and used in entertainment when they were young. Some of them were captured in Africa as infants. All of them were used by the biomedical research industry to test hepatitis vaccines. Most of the females were also used as breeders during their years in labs and their babies were taken from them shortly after birth. Now the Cle Elum Seven chimpanzees enjoy a rich social life in an exciting indoor and outdoor environment where they have choices to make every day. Each day brings new adventures, and we chronicle their transformations and experiences on our blog.