Friday, February 13, 2009

Fauna In the News

We've had a pretty exciting New Year . We have some very special events and exciting things going on. We have been speaking with some amazing Authors and Journalists recently, and have some rather interesting stories to follow. We also will be doing a Radio Interview on a new Animal Issues radio program.

Let me tell you about the first one:

Erika Ritter has a new book called The Dog and the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships, which deals with the contradictory nature of humanity's age-old involvement with animals. That involvement encompasses love and cruelty, exploitation and exaltation, kindness as well as commodification. Because no other animal exemplifies all these contradictions more poignantly than chimpanzees, Erika Ritter spent a day at Fauna speaking with me. Erika's book covers that experience in detail, along with reflection on horses, dogs, pigs and other species who have been both the beneficiaries and the victims of mankind's attentions. To learn more about The Dog and the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath, check out Erika's website The author will be reading from the book at the Blue Metropolis Festival in April, and specific information about that will also be on her website as soon as available.
We hope you will join us there to hear Erika read from her book.

On Sunday February 22nd, at 1:30 I will be doing a radio interview with Jody Fabrikant. The program discusses many animal issues, events, stories and so much more. We will be talking about Fauna's amazing residents. The program is called, Wag Your Tale WKNY radio.
I hope you can listen in.

We had a special visit from the award winning author of many books, Kenneth Oppel on February 5th and 6th. He was in Montreal visiting our Sanctuary doing research for a new book he is working on. He is a very interesting and compassionate person, and it was a pleasure to speak with him and to share the stories of the Chimps. Please go to his website and see the amazing work he has done. You can find him at
We look forward to working with him even more in the future.

Another exciting visit we have coming up, is from Anne Mullen's, another amazing Canadian author. Anne will be here on March 5th, working on a piece for Reader's Digest Canada. I look forward to meeting her and having her meet our Chimpanzee family. You can look at the work of Anne on her website at www.annemullen'
This will be a wonderful opportunity for Fauna.

Then last but not least, is Andrew Westoll. I had an amazing conversation with this Canadian author and journalist who is working on a piece for the magazine "The Walrus". Andrew is also someone to watch out for, and has written some very interesting books. We are looking forward to his visit in March sometime. We will keep you posted, but in the meantime, please go to his website to see the work he has done. You can find him at
We are anxious for Andrew to meet the Fauna Family.

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