Today was our last day serving with Save the Chimps. We went into the day with high spirits, ready to give our final day our all. We started the day in two groups. The first group stayed back at the maintenance building with Whitney. We made tire swings from donated tires, rolls of seatbelt straps and rubber hosing. Whitney also had us power wash some woven fire-hose segments and remove and replace the rusting hardware. Working with Whitney was always a great time. Whitney has incredible work ethic, but knows how to add a bit (or a lot) of humor to her work.
After lunch, some of us went to Al’s Red Barn and Grill to pick up a large donation of fresh oranges, while some went out on the boat with Jeff. Jeff had us installing more screws into the fencing to stabilize the wooden extensions of the enclosures. Jeff is another incredible employee of the sanctuary, and a genuine joy to work with. While making our rounds on the boat we saw a 9 foot gator soaking up the sun on the bank of the moats, which was super cool at first but gave us the heebie-jeebies when we watched it slide back under the surface.