The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

Tom - Photo Courtesy of Fauna Sanctuary - May 1965 to December 10, 2009

This past month, I’ve had the privilege of reading an Advanced Copy for the purpose of writing a book review of “The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary…A True Store of Resilience and Recovery”.  For the animal lover, especially the chimp fan, this book is a must read!  The author; Andrew Westoll is an award-winning narrative journalist who once lived as a monkey researcher in the jungles of Surimame and most recently went to live and work with Gloria Grow at Fauna Sanctuary.  Most of the chimpanzees in Gloria’s care come from the horror of primate research in the United States.  As Andrew gets to knows these chimps, he begins a journey to track down the scientists, lab techs, and care takers of these chimps past lives.

Though all the chimps at Fauna Sanctuary have a past, Tom’s story was perhaps the saddest yet most resilient of them all.  Tom spent 30-years at NYU as a research animal and survived over 300 procedures.  The journey that Gloria took to build Fauna Sanctuary, the live of these wonderful creatures who have been saved by coming to the sanctuary; and the experiences that Andrew shares with us while getting to know each and every one of these rescued chimps will make you both laugh and cry.  This book is well written, engaging and simply a must read!  It’s been an honor to preview this wonderful book and in learning about Gloria and the Chimps, I’m proud to do my part to spread the word!

Visit the website of Fauna Sanctuary

Visit the book:  “The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary…A True Store of Resilience and Recovery”

In honor of Tom and all the Chimps at Fauna Sanctuary, I found these fantastic cards at Greeting Card Universe!

Artists Left to Right: Doreen Erhardt, Tammy Moody, Cornered Greeting Cards, Gravityx9 & Els De Winter

Here are my fellow GCU Blog Carnival buddies and their links to Monkey Business!

Sun at Night Studios, Sun at Night:
Collecting Monkey Art: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
One of the most popular primate art is the collection of the three wise monkeys otherwise known as: See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil…

Brenda Thour’s Card Shop, Brenda Thour:
Time For Some Monkey Business
I have been looking at the Greeting Card Universe site and came across these cool monkey themed greeting cards and would like to share them with you…

Naquiaya’s Cards, Naquaiya:
Monkey Business
Why are we in love with monkeys? How much are we really like them?

SmudgeArt, Madeline Allen:
Monkeys in the Garden
 I hit the pillow and before I could count to ten,
There were monkeys in my beautiful garden….

Janet Lee Designs, Janet Palaggi:
Monkeying Around With Monkeys
 I love monkeys, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love monkeys…

Salon of Art, Doreen Erhardt:
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary
This past month, I’ve had the privilege of reading an Advanced Copy for the purpose of writing a book review of “The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary…A True Store of Resilience and Recovery”…

I Love Cuttables, Cindy Johns:
 Monkey Fun
 Here’s my layout spread entitled, “Mommy’s Little Monkey” – and the second page is the one where I shared pictures of him playing his own little game of monkey-see-monkey-do…

Sheryl Kasper Card Store, Sheryl Kasper:
 No Monkeying Around
Did you know that Monkeys are not only cute and adorable, but they can also be a service animal too? 

Dragonfire Graphics, Betsy Bush:
 Monkeys are Everywhere
 Monkey themed greeting cards…

Cards from the heART, Lisa Charlton:
 Chimpanzee
 Chimps are Primates but they are not Monkeys. If you want to know if a Primate is a Monkey, look at their bums… only monkeys have tails.

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6 thoughts on “The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

  1. Pingback: Lightning Round: MONKEYS (May 26-May 31, 2011) « GCU Community

  2. Doreen, You always give such a great read. Your writing is exemplary. I do feel sad that primates are mistreated. I certainly hope their future holds some good news. Jane Goodall was my hero growing up.

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