Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal

In December, the Washington Post’s Kids Post asked their readers to send wrapped board books as holiday presents to the chimpanzees at Chimp Haven. The response was overwhelming.

Chimp Haven is a nonprofit organization serving as a sort of retirement home for chimpanzees no longer needed in laboratories and entertainment industries, or as pets. While Global Animal is against animal testing and exploitation, we are pleased to see these chimps enjoy some literary downtime.

The organization has received an estimated 400 books, with some books still arriving far past the holiday season. With each book’s arrival, the chimpanzees send a thank you card to the families that donated.

The Chimpanzees at Chimp Haven love to look at the books, and it is what animal experts call an “enrichment activity.” One of the chimps, Juan, carries his book everywhere he goes. Another chimp was seen showing a book about babies to her stuffed teddy bear. Of course, not all of the chimps used the books quite as intended, but as you’ll see from the pictures below, the text was certainly put to good use.

We hope you’ve got your library card…because it’s time to “check out” some of these amazing photos!

Photo credit: Chimp Haven via flickr

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