Chimpanzees are fun, curious, and can be very dangerous. Their moods are finicky, as you can’t always tell what’s on their mind. They are highly intelligent and can often outsmart their human friends-not necessarily with intelligence, but by the fact that we (humans) overlook their intelligence…if that makes any sense!
One thing that all beholders of Chimpanzees must have are toys. Toys keep these massively strong apes happy and in a good mood. The problem that everyone has is that due to their strength, most toys simply can’t hold up.
I’ve found that companies that specialize in chimpanzee toys, and chimpanzee toys only, tend to make the best products. They understand the quirks, strength and intelligence factors that only a chimp has. The problem is that many sanctuaries operate under donations and can’t afford to possess many specialized toys.
What I’ve found, and I’m happy to share is that Kong toys tend to work great. Yes, that’s Kong, that makes dog and cat toys. Their products are really build to last and can even withstand the strength of a full grown male chimpanzee, for a good amount of time. Eventually, the chimpanzee will win and destroy these toys with their powerful and hands and jaws, however, the cost ratio is fantastic.
And important aspect of the longevity of chimp toys is cleaning their enclosures. This isn’t something that your common cleaning company can handle. No way. These creatures require high heat and high pressure water cleaning with harsh products such as bleach to help eliminate smell and ensure disinfection.
Chimp toys is a highly researched area, rarely leading to the same results. There are very few products that are affordable for sanctuaries, but some provisions can be made to ensure that Chimps get the enrichment that they need. This is an area that I have not invested a lot of time, and remains in open status as I try to discover the best toys out there to share with my friends.