Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Did you know there are chimpanzees living right in our backyard?
Event Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Barn at Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division Street, Leavenworth, WA

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) is home to the only chimpanzees in Washington State and sanctuary for:

  • Burrito (the male of the troop)
  • Negra (the Queen)
  • Jamie (the boss)
  • Jody (chief manager)
  • Foxie (troll-doll collector)
  • and Missy and Annie (best friends forever).

These seven chimpanzees arrived at the Cle Elum sanctuary in 2008 after years use by the entertainment and biomedical industries. The sanctuary provides a permanent, loving home to chimpanzees in need and advocates for all great apes. 

Please join us and CSNW Interim Co-Directors Diana Goodrich and J.B. Mulcahy, to learn all about the sanctuary, the seven residents, and how they've acclimated to life in the foothills of the Cascades.

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is home to the "Cle Elum Seven," the only chimpanzees in Washington State.  The sanctuary provides a haven for these chimps, who are "retirees" from the biomedical industry.

About the Speaker

Diana Goodrich has MS degrees in psychology and animals & public policy, and has worked for nonprofit organizations since 1996  Her career in the nonprofit world has included a diverse range of experiences, including working with children with special needs, leading research projects focusing on gestural communication in chimpanzees, and coordinating outreach for a nonprofit film production company. She also spent three years as a caregiver and executive assistant for the Fauna Foundation, a sanctuary in Canada for chimpanzees who have been "retired" by laboratories and zoos.  Diana began working for CSNW as the Director of Outreach before the "Cle Elum Seven" chimpanzees arrived. In her position she has produced increasingly successful fundraising events, overseen a growing social media presence, expanded the CSNW merchandise, and brought national and local media attention to the sanctuary. Aside from directly caring for the chimpanzees, connecting with individual supporters is the most fulfilling aspect of her job.

J.B. Mulcahy began working with chimpanzees in 1998. His initial fascination with ape language studies led him to the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University, where he eventually earned his MS in Primate Behavior. Upon learning about the plight of chimpanzees in laboratories, J.B.'s focus quickly turned from research to advocacy. He went on to work for the Fauna Foundation, the first sanctuary to rescue HIV-infected chimpanzees. In addition to his experience with chimpanzees, J.B. has also worked in the fields of construction and farm animal welfare. As Director of Operations, J.B. is responsible for overseeing the care of the chimpanzees at CSNW. He has also designed and built many improvements to the facility, including Young's Hill, the chimps' 2-acre habitat.