Fauna’s Tree Projects

i Jul 12th No Comments by

(This article on Fauna’s Tree Projects by Arborist Ken McAuslan orginally appeared in Fauna’s 2016 Annual Report. Ken will be lead a forest walk at the upcoming Our Place in Nature: Chimpanzee, Art, and Tree Songs workshop.)

It is a very busy year at Fauna with 3 major tree projects underway!

1. The first of our tree projects is a tree identification program began with the creation of a list of all tree species, both native and exotic, that currently grow on Fauna and Reserve property. To date our list comprises over 100 species and it continues to grow. We will gradually tag as many trees as possible that are in conspicuous locations with colourful and informative markers. This is an ongoing project. (more…)

Fauna Receives Food For Thought Grant

i Jun 29th No Comments by

Fauna was the recipient of a $250 Food For Thought grant from Animal Place! (more…)

ACTION! Enrichment Campaign

i May 24th No Comments by

Enrichment, which includes activities that promote physical activity and mental stimulation, is essential for the well-being of captive chimpanzees. It comes in many forms including; food and meal choices, treat puzzles, toys, mirrors, magazines, clothing, art materials, and even wrapped cardboard boxes. It can also be structural and tunnels, ropes, climbing structures, tires and hammocks encourage exploration and physical activity in their home at Fauna. The ACTION! Enrichment Campaign will support exciting enrichment progams this summer and we need your help! (more…)

Chimpanzees Signs at Fauna Foundation

i May 17th No Comments by

By Mary Lee Jensvold, Ph.D.

Tatu and Loulis lived at the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute in Ellensburg Washington from 1980 until they moved to Fauna Foundation in August 2013. Tatu had acquired signs of American Sign Language (ASL) during her childhood from humans, and Loulis from other signing chimpanzees. All caregivers at CHCI interacted with Tatu, Loulis and the other signing chimpanzees in their family using ASL (Fouts & Mills, 1997). Caregivers recorded all signs they observed in a daily Sign Checklists. When Tatu and Loulis moved to Fauna a few of the caregivers from CHCI accompanied them, and the caregivers continued to record the signs in daily Sign Checklists. Dombrausky, Hings, Jensvold and Shaw presented a comparison of the variety of signs from CHCI days to Fauna days at a recent psychological conference and this post highlights some of these findings. (Dombruasky, et al. 2017). (more…)