Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fauna In Quebec Science/Fauna dans Québec Science

Check out Fauna in the November issue of Quebec Science!!!

Pick up a copy it is an amazing spread

Here is a sneek peek.

Consulter l'édition de novembre du magazine Québec Science pour lire à propos de la Fondation Fauna!

Procurez-vous une copie, c'est un article génial.

Jetez un coup d'oeil en cliquant sur le lien ci-haut.

R&R E-News

November 2008

Help pass GAPA.
Thank you Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Michael Doyle (D-PA) for coming aboard as new GAPA consponsors!
For information on volunteering or to order postcards to distribute and send to your legislator, email:

Update: Election 2008 and the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA)
Reviewing the impact of election results on the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA), we are pleased to report that only 3 GAPA cosponsor/congressional seats have changed (MD, CT, and ME). Outreach to them has already begun. We anticipate that all of the current cosponsors will sign on again in '09 when the bill is reintroduced. Future President and Vice President elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden both have excellent humane score cards as senators. We trust that their commitment to a kind world for animals will continue.

As we close 2008 and move into 2009, we remain focused on growing the list of cosponsors - and keeping those currently on - engaged. Thank you to those who have helped or are considering helping by handing out GAPA postcards, posting flyers, and putting our banner ad on weblogs and websites! YOUR support and efforts are key to our success!

Volunteers Make a Difference

2008 was a high point in our volunteer efforts as more people from across the country committed to working with NEAVS/Project R&R and GAPA, giving their time and energy to help educate the public on chimpanzees in U.S. labs.

Our most recent local event was our annual Holiday Volunteer Night. Volunteers created enrichment packages and cut blankets to send to sanctuaries with monkeys and chimpanzees from research. The volunteers had fun, but not as much as our cousin primates will when they recieve the bundles. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for taking the time to help the monkeys and chimpanzees and make NEAVS' holiday tradition a joy and success!

This holiday season, please consider a year end donation and help make it possible for us to continue our work to help animals in and from research.
Top: Julie, Harry (our helpful 4th grader!) and Tammy
Bottom: Sennea and Arnaldo give a smile and thumbs up

Update on European Union Laws

Renewed attention has been placed on the proposed revisions - Directive EC86/609/EEC - for the EU’s laboratory animal welfare laws.

Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas recently stressed the importance of finding more non-animal alternatives in order to stop testing on animals. The BUAV notes that "it is absolutely important to steer away from testing on animals. Scientific research must focus on finding alternative methods to animal testing, but where alternatives are not available, the situation of animals still used in experiments must be improved." Specific revisions supported by the BUAV include a ban on the use of great apes and ‘wild-caught’ monkeys in research, as well as a call towards ending the overall use of nonhuman primates in experiments.

BUAV and NEAVS have a strong collaboration and shared vision for primates worldwide. We ask all members to take a moment to view their important film: Cambodia: The Trade for Primates in Research.

Compassionate Holiday Shopping!

Visit NEAVS and Project R&R online stores to find a variety of unique and important gifts including books, DVDs, magnets, buttons, t-shirts, and more!

NEW! 2009 limited edition Fauna/Tom Calendar
Fauna has donated a limited number of their beautiful and educational 12-month calendars featuring Tom Project R&R's chimpanzee ambassador in his daily activities at Fauna. Come to know him through the eyes of the special folks at the sanctuary who care for him. Learn about his favorite food (oatmeal with baked apples!), his paintings, chimpanzee friends, media charisma, and other things that make him such a special part of all our lives.
To order, please email (Calendar is $10, plus shipping - and can be shipped within the continental U.S.). Once our limited supply is SOLD OUT, you can order directly from Fauna by calling (450) 658-1844 or visiting

Use GoodShop and every time you shop at your favorite online store, a percentage of the sale goes to NEAVS/Project R&R! Just designate “New England Anti-Vivisection Society-NEAVS-Project R&R” as your charity, click on the store's logo from the GoodShop site, and then shop as you normally would. You'll get the same great prices, but every time you place an order, NEAVS gets a donation!


The holidays may be a time for miracles – but when it comes to getting animals out of laboratories, there are no miracle solutions: just hard work and strategic, effective campaigns.
Thanks to you, in 2008 we garnered the strong bipartisan leadership necessary to introduce GAPA in Congress; mobilized thousands of citizens nationwide to contact their legislators; and published breakthrough science papers which show that chimpanzees have repeatedly failed as a model in human disease research, and that the suffering they endure is cruel, lifelong and indefensible.

As the holidays approach, please remember that miracles are ours to make – through everyday hard work. Your tax-deductible, year-end donation will help our work continue in 2009 to lead the way to the miracle we seek: better health for humans and a more compassionate world for all species. Please donate today. Thank you for caring this holiday season and always!

Monday, November 3, 2008

New Stairs for the Chimps/ Nouvel escalier pour les chimpanzés

We have just modified a staircase in the chimp house to accommodate the older folks like Sue Ellen who have a harder time getting around. Instead of simply a ladder as a stair case they now have real stairs. We also added an extra railing for safety and a new bed beside the existing one and climbing poles for the folks to climb up on it. This morning Regis was comfortably sleeping on the new bed with a fleece blanket.

Nous avons modifié l'escalier de la maison des chimpanzés pour faciliter l'accès à nos résidents plus âgés comme Sue Ellen qui ont plus de difficultés à se déplacer. Nous avons enlever l'échelle pour la remplacer par un escaliers avec des marches. Nous avons également ajouté une rampe supplémentaire par mesure sécuritaire et un lit près de celui qui était déjà en place en plus de pôles pour grimper pour le plaisir de nos acrobates... Ce matin Regis était confortablement endormi sur le nouveau lit avec une couverture en polar.

Before /In progress Avant /pendant

After Après

Tom and Regis enjoying enrichment and Pepper
taking in the sun. Does she not look like a little
angel with a halo of sun!

Tom et Regis s'amusent avec leur enrichissement
tandis que Pepper se fait griller au soleil. N'a-t-elle
pas l'air d'un ange avec le rayonnement du soleil!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sweet moments with Rachel/Tendres moments avec Rachel

Last week we heard alarm barking from the back island so I went out to see what was going on or what was scaring the chimps. It was Rachel, she was on the platform that she usually sits on and was looking out at the field with her hair all standing up and I could not figure out what was scaring her. She came down so I went back in the chimp house and then she came in again hair all up, pant hooting and looking at me to follow her outside again, so I did. She rushed up, popped her head over the polymer plastic and looked out to the field then straight back at me as if to say "now can you see it" This time I climbed up and stood on the bridge we made over the caging and there I saw two red fox standing on the compost pile. She was then completely beside her self, because I had finally seen her scary animals.

It was a touching moment to see how happy she was that I had finally seen the scary fox and how reassured she was after that I told her that she would be ok.

La semaine dernière nous avons entendu un cri d'alarme provenant de l'île la plus éloignée. Je suis donc sortie pour aller voir ce qui se passait et ce qui effrayait autant les chimpanzés. Rachel se trouvait sur sa plateforme habituelle et regardait au loin, les poils tous hérissés. Je ne pouvais pas voir ce qui l'effrayait autant. Après quelques minutes, je décidai de retourner à l'intérieur de la maison des chimpanzés.
Rachel me suivit, les poils toujours hérissés, en émettant des sons, en me regardant et en m'invitant à la suivre à l'extérieur. Et c'est ce que je fis. Tout de go, elle se dépêcha, hissa sa tête au-dessus du polymère et regarda à nouveau au loin. Puis elle me regarda droit dans les yeux avec un air qui semblait dire "Bon, tu le vois maintenant!" Cette fois-ci je suis montée sur le pont qui se trouve au dessus du grillage et c'est à ce moment que je vis deux renards roux sur la pile de composte. La pauvre Rachel ne pouvait plus se contenir alors que finalement je voyais ces créatures effrayantes.
Ce fut réellement un moment touchant de la voir si heureuse dès qu'elle réalisa que je voyais très bien les renards et lorsque je lui fit comprendre qu'il n'y avait aucun danger elle se sentit rassurée.

Scaring Regis! Regis effrayé!

This week we have been working on getting some pictures of Regis. One day he was lying on a bench on the mezzanine area of the chimp house and Pepper was grooming his hand. I did not want to disturb them but I did want to get the shot, seeing that it was very cute, so I climbed out on the roof and there is a window that would have given me the perfect shot.
But little did I know that I was going to scare the poop out of poor Regis. As I slowly put my lens up to the window through the bars he caught a glimpse of me and flipped right off the bench and fell on the floor. In turn I almost slid off the roof because I was not expecting him to jump like that. It was quite funny after the fact, but unfortunately apart from scaring poor Regis and almost killing myself I did not even get the shot!

October 17th/2008
Cette semaine nous avons pris du temps pour croquer quelques photos de Regis. Un jour il était couché sur un banc dans la mezzanine de la maison des chimpanzés et Pepper dépouillait sa main. Je ne voulais pas les déranger mais je voulais vraiment avoir cette photo voyant que ce moment était vraiment adorable.
Alors j'ai grimpé jusqu'au toit où se trouve une fenêtre qui m'aurait donné la photo parfaite. Je ne me doutais pas que j'étais sur le point de faire vraiment peur au pauvre Regis. Comme je plaçais lentement la lentille près de la fenêtre et entre les barreaux, il m'aperçu et sursauta si fort qu'il tomba au sol. Et moi j'ai presque glissé en bas du toit puisque je ne m'attendais pas à ce qu'il sursaute si fort! Nous en avons bien rit après. À part d'apeurer notre pauvre Regis et de pratiquement me tuer, je n'ai même pas eu la photo tant convoitée!
17 octobre 2008

Chimpanzee Sponsors needed!/ Parrains demandés

Fauna has a new monthly sponsor program. Check it out!

Fauna propose un nouveau programme de parrainage mensuel. Jetez-y un coup d'oeil!

Silly volunteers/ Bénévoles amusantes

Lyne Charron and Janet Lalumiere amusing the chimps with Halloween buckets on their heads while preparing lunch.

Lyne Charron et Janet Lalumière amusent les chimpanzés avec leurs sceaux d'Halloween sur la tête en préparant le dîner.

Urgent need for chimpanzee serving items/ Besoin urgent d'articles pour les chimpanzés

The Fauna chimpanzees have cooked meals, smoothies and a variety of different meals served up through out the day, so we go through bowls, cups and little paper Dixie cups very quick. We are in real need of these three items, so feel free to send any item you wish or you may simply send us a check or money order and specify what you would like us to purchase and we will do it for you!

Les chimpanzés reçoivent leurs repas chauds, des smoothies et différents autres repas au cours de la journée dans des bols, des tasses et des petits verres en papier Dixie. Ces articles sont grandement utilisés et nos réserves s'épuisent rapidement. Nous avons vraiment besoin de ces articles. Pour ceux que ça intéresse, vous pouvez nous les faire parvenir ici à la Fondation ou bien si vous nous envoyez un chèque ou mandat poste en précisant les articles souhaités nous le feront pour vous!

**Bowls and cups must be flexible plastic, the hard ones shatter when they are dropped and are potentially hazardous for the chimps.**

**Les bols et les tasses doivent être en plastique flexible; les plus durs cassent lorsqu'ils tombent au sol et sont dangereux pour les chimpanzés.**

New Kittens/ Nouveaux chatons

Three little kittens were found in the corn field by our pig barn, we rounded them up; had them sterilized and they have already found new loving homes!

Trois petits chatons ont été trouvés dans le champs de mais près de la grange des cochons. Nous les avons fait stérilisés et ils ont déjà trouvé des familles d'accueil!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A new resident/ Un nouveau résident

Welcome Albert!

He is a young vietnamese potbellied pig that one of our friends found roaming out on a golf course ,he had no place to go so we had to take the little fellow in. He is quite friendly and loves to nip at you when you visit with him and get a nice belly scratch.

Bienvenue Albert!

Jeune cochon vietnamien retrouvé par l'un de nos amis sur un terrain de golf. Puisqu'il ne pouvait y rester, nous devions le ramener ici. Il est très affectueux et il aime nous mordiller joyeusement lorsqu'on lui rend visite. Il aime aussi se faire gratouiller le ventre.


Farm Animals/ Animaux de la ferme

Whitey, our resident deer, looking quite cute!

Whitey, notre daim, prenant une pose!

Katrina, Poquita and Wilber having lunch!

Katrina, Poquita et Wilber en train de dîner!

Agnes our turkey and his buddy Phillipe are inseparable

Agnes une dinde et son copain Philipe sont inséparables

Recipe of the month/ La recette du mois

The recipe of the month is carrot oat bran muffins, and Toby loved these ones!

Carrot oat bran muffins

Preparation Time: 17 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes


3/4 cup oat bran
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
1/4 c honey
1 cup soy milk
1/4 c egg replacer
1/4 c vegetable oil
2/3 cup packed, shredded carrots

Preheat the oven to 375 F. In a mixing bowl, combine oat bran, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice. In a small mixing bowl, blend honey, milk, eggs and vegetable oil together. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in shredded carrots. Fill each muffin paper with 3 heaping teaspoons of batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until muffins are golden brown
La recette du mois est les muffins au son d'avoine et carottes et Toby les adorent!
Muffins au son d'avoine et carottes:
temps de préparation: 17 minutes
Temps de cuisson: 25 minutes
3/4 tasse de son d'avoine
1/2 tasse de farine de blé entier
1 c. à thé de poudre à pâte
1 c. à thé de bicarbonate de soude
1 c. à thé de cannelle moulue
1 c. à thé de épices moulues
1/4 tasse de miel
1 tasse de lait de soya
1/4 tasse de substitut d'oeufs
1/4 tasse d'huile végétale
2/3 tasse de carottes rapées bien tassées
Préchauffer le four à 350. Dans un bol à mélanger, incorporer le son d'avoine, la farine, la poudre à pâte, le bicarbonate de soude, la cannelle et les épices. Dans un autre bol, mélanger tous les autres ingrédients sauf les carottes. Lentement, ajouter le mélange humide aux ingrédients secs jusqu'à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Ajouter les carottes rapées. Emplir les moules en papier de 3 cuillerées de la pâte. Cuire environ 25 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que les muffins soient dorés.

Fun pic's/ Photos amusantes

Rachel was coming in from the island all the while blowing spit bubbles as only she can! Regis and Jethro enjoying breakfast. Jeffy with his muffin and Regis just finishing his big bowl of baby pablum!

Rachel qui revient des îles tout en s'amusant à faire des bulles avec un peu de salive. Elle est vraiment la meilleure! Regis et Jethro prennent leur petit déjeuner. Jeffy avec son muffin et Regis, lui, vient tout juste de terminer son bol de Pablum pour bébé!





Here is the most adorable photo of Tom enjoying his apples anf lettuce in the outdoor tunnel hammoc.

Voici les plus adorables photos de Tom qui se régalent de pommes et de laitue dans son hamac à l'extérieur.

Visitors from Quebec City/Visiteurs de Québec

We had visitors from Quebec City. Mme. Louise Fortin and her husband came to visit with Spock and Maya and the Fauna Chimps. Mme Fortin had been a very loyal visitor at the zoo for many years and spent much of her time visiting and bringing gifts for the Chimps. She was very excited to finally see their new home and brought all of the chimps, as well as the staff, great gifts.

Nous avons reçu la visite de Mme Louise Fortin et de son mari de Québec. Ils sont venus voir Spock et Maya et les chimpanzés de Fauna. Mme Fortin rendait visite régulièrement aux chimpanzés du zoo de Québec pour plusieurs années et elle leur amenait des cadeaux. Elle était très excitée de les voir dans leur nouvelle résidence et elle offrit de beaux cadeaux à tous nos résidents et notre équipe.

Halloween at Fauna/ L'Halloween à Fauna

Some fun enrichment that Kathleen put together for the chimps Halloween and all our decorations around the chimphouse and the farm.

Kathleen a fait cette semaine l'activité d'enrichissement pour les chimpanzés dont le thème était bien sûr l'Halloween. Les décorations ont aussi été installés à la maison des chimpanzés et un peu partout à la ferme.