Chloe Cudaback has loved chimpanzees since she was little, reading about Jane Goodall and Curious George. She wants to work at a sanctuary and care for chimps coming out of research facilities. So she was thrilled to land an internship at Chimps Inc., a sanctuary in Tumalo that houses seven chimps who were previously kept as pets or worked in the entertainment industry. Now, they spend their days resting, eating and playing.
Until she arrived, Cudaback said, she had never seen a chimp up close. The first time she saw one show signs of anger or frustration or dominance that can involve loud noises called pant-hoots it was shocking, and a little scary. The interns live on-site in a house next to the chimp enclosure, and sometimes they hear the chimps hooting in the middle of the night.
Chloe Cudaback, one of the interns mentioned in this story, is an athropology student at Western Washington University.