Chimp Enrichment Edible Necklaces- 2019-2020

  • Location
    Forest Grove, Oregon
  • Status
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years
  • Group Type
    K-12 School

The Problem

Animal exploitation is a problem all over the World. Chimpanzees are used and exploited in medical research and the entertainment industry. Sometimes people try to raise Chimps as pets, which is wrong and never works out. Chimpanzees that are rescued from these situations are placed in special sanctuaries to live out their lives. They need care and enrichment to find happiness and contentment.

Our Plan

Every year our Tom McCall Roots&Shoots groups makes enrichment edible necklaces for the Chimps at Chimps, Inc. in Bend Oregon. The sanctuary changes it name to Freedom for Great Apes this year. We make our edible necklaces with dried fruit (apples, pears, peaches, figs, and dates) and cheerios. These are strung on natural fiber strings.

Themes Addressed

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    Animal Welfare
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    Illegal Pet Trade
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We made about 60 edible necklaces of dried fruit and cheerios. These were sent to Freedom for Great Apes sanctuary in Bend. Oregon. They sent us some wonderful pictures of the Chimps enjoying our treats.

Through this project I/we learned:

We were able to learn about how Chimpanzees are exploited and that they are not ever meant to be pets. They are amazing wild animals that have their own lives. We were able to study the individual Chimps at the sanctuary, discovering that they each have their own personalities and own tragic stories.

What I/we might change:

This year the Covid19 shut down of school interfered with us making more necklaces.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

A favorite part of the project was seeing the members work together and cooperate with making necklaces. Also, many of them have never tasted figs and dates, which many of them really liked.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

It is extremely important that anyone making food for Chimpanzees practice good hygiene, especially washing hands. Chimps are over 98% the same as us and can get sick from the same things that make us sick.

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