Thursday, September 23, 2010


photo by:Isabelle

Rachel's island of choice is always Jeannie's Island the one that looks out on the back pasture and towards the front gate where everyone arrive at the chimp house. If we are looking for Rachel on the island we can see her little hair sticking up just above the window in the house structure or as you see her below just under the willow tree that hangs over the walkway..
L'île de Jeannie est toujours celle que préfère Rachel et qui donne une vue sur le pâturage arrière et l'accès à la barrière d'entrée de la maison des chimpanzés. Si on cherche Rachel sur l'île on peut voir ces petits cheveux qui dépasse juste au dessus de la fenêtre de la structure de maison ou, comme dans la photo ci-bas, sous le saule qui s'étend au-dessus de la passerelle.

Photo: Isabelle

Pepper in the Morning/Pepper un matin

This is how I found Pepper this morning. Sitting in the sun just beside her bed with a beautiful fluorescent green and orange sock on her little curled up toes...what a sweet heart...she was quite happy to show me her magnificent sock when she came over for her breakfast!!
Voilà comment j'ai trouvé Pepper ce matin. Assise au soleil tout près de son lit avec une belle chaussette verte et orange fluo sur ses petites orteils recourbées... tellement adorable... Elle était
tellement contente de me montrer sa belle chaussette à l'heure du déjeuner!


Notice how all of her magazines, food bags and toys are all placed around her bed
Remarquez la façon dont tous les magazines, les sacs de nourriture et les jouets sont
disposés autour de son lit

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Jane Goodall Institute Commends NAPSA

by cwallace

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) applauds the recent creation of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA). Founded by the directors of some of the best great ape sanctuaries in North America, the mission of NAPSA is, “To advance the welfare of captive primates through exceptional sanctuary care, collaboration, and outreach.”

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Women of Courage Visit/Visite de Women of Courage

More from Kenneth Oppel in the Huffington Post

I only recently realized how fitting (and possibly ironic) it was that, after writing four bestselling "talking animal" fantasies featuring bats (the Silverwing series), I'd go on to write a realistic novel about an animal who truly did talk.

Numbered List

The seed for my novel Half Brother was planted in my mind over twenty years ago, but didn't germinate until late 2007 when I came across the obituary for Washoe, an extraordinary chimpanzee who had learned over 250 words of American Sign Language.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Today is Chances' Birthday!! L'anniversaire de Chance!!

Today is Chance's 27th birthday . Chance is a sweet sensitive little girl that loves to be noticed. If anyone takes a little time to make her feel special she will be a loyal friend. Her friends these past weeks have been Spock through the bars...they seem to enjoy each others company a great deal. She has also been spending time with the bigger group of folks Petra, Yoko, Rachel, Regis and Jethro. We had a amazing party with tons of enrichment and decorations a long time fauna volunteer Sharon Stewart brought with her during her visit.
Aujourd'hui c'est l'anniversaire de Chance qui aura 27 ans. Chance est une petite fille sensible et adorable qui adore se faire remarquer. Dès que quelqu'un lui donne un peu de temps et d'attention elle lui sera une amie dévouée. Depuis quelques semaines elle s'est liée d'amitié avec Spock à travers les barreaux... Ils semblent aimer passer du temps ensemble. Elle passe également du temps avec un groupe plus nombreux dont Petra, Yoko, Rachel, Regis et Jethro. Nous avons organisé une fête avec des tonnes de décorations et d'articles d'enrichissement que Sharon Stewart, une bénévole de longue date, a amené lors de son passage.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Update on Alamogordo Transfer

Thursday - July 8, 2010 (posted in Project R&R News)

Public outrage continues over the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) plan to transfer an estimated 186 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in Texas, moving them from a holding facility to a lab where they will be more readily available for invasive research.

Before living at APF, these individuals endured years of research or use as “breeders” to make babies to be sent into research. New Mexico citizens and supporters nationwide; animal protection groups; actor Gene Hackman, who has a home in New Mexico; and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have all joined in urging the NIH to halt their transfer plans.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Theme Days for the Chimps

The following enrichment theme days have been scheduled for the months of September and October. Help us make them the best possible for the chimps. Please look over the wish list and read the "How Can You Help?" section further down for details on what you can do to take part in these special days.


Back to school day: Backpacks, Paper, Crayons, Pencils, Rulers, Chalk, School books, Small black boars

Texture Day: Different Textured fabrics, sandpaper, waxed paper, silk paper

Chances slumber party
: Pillows, magazines, slippers, scarves, necklaces, kids movies (DVDs)

Sports : Baseball (balls, gloves, plastic bats), Basketball (small nets, balls), Hockey (sticks, pucks) Frisbee,

Jungle Theme: Animal prints, safari hats, party bags with animals on them, stuffed animals with safari theme


Mexican : Pinata, sombrero, cactus, necklaces, poncho, maracas

A day at the Spa: Mirror, brush, comb, tooth brush/paste, tissue/paper towels, nail files, bubble bath

Under the sea
: Sea shells, plastic fish toys, blue & green streamers, buckets, shovels

Asian : Paper lanterns, paper umbrella, purses, dragons items that are red

Anything related to the above themes are welcome: feel free to surprise the Chimps with something from your imagination!!

**Anything that is soft plastic or soft rubber can not be used. Some of our residents love to eat these kinds of things.**

Anything related to the above themes are welcome: feel free to surprise the Chimps with something from your imagination!!


How Can You Help?

There are several ways you can make sure the chimps are provided with the amazing Theme Days.

1) Donate items on the Wish List. Please specify that they are for a particular theme.

2) Sponsor a Theme Day. By following the Donation link below, you can specify in the notes of your donation which Theme Day you would like to sponsor. We will do the shopping for you and we post the pictures of your Theme Day on the blog.

3) General Donation. If you can't find one Theme in particular you would like to sponsor, you can make a general donation for the Fauna Enrichment Theme Days and we will ensure that 100% of your donation will be used to provide the chimps with an exciting day.


The Little Folks

Photo by :Amanda Bradley

Newton enjoying the outdoors.

Photo by :Amanda Bradley

Darla nibling on outdoor treats...

Photo by : Isabelle

Pougie loves the little PVC tubing that our volunteers make for them. If you look closely you can see that he has the whole tube in his mouth sticking out on each side of his cheek. He would pop it out pick at the tubing with his long fingers for a little bit, then, pop it all back in his mouth!!

Photo By: Isabelle

Sophie enjoying her morning breakfast!!

Here is Theo trying to find his food bag under a water bin in his enclosure. The is very determined and will work at someting for a long time and he never gives up...sometimes it takes him a little while to figure things out but he always does!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Great Gifts for the chimps

As usual the Fauna Chimpanzees have been receiving amazing gifts. From hand made individual pasta necklaces, beautiful notes on their treat bags and plenty of items for our theme days, great warm fleece blankets for this winter!!

As special thank you to all who have donated the Chimps love it all!!

Tons of balls from Heritage High School

Theme day Enrichment

Natasha preparing for the day!

Kenneth Oppels' New Book

Kenneth Oppels' new book is available NOW on Amazon, in Chapters/Indigo, as well as, Archambault....It is called Half Brother, and it is based on the story of Washoe, and her cross fostered life.
Ken came to visit Fauna for some of his information, and has been speaking about his visit.

For more information see the link below:

Enter Compassionate Living Raffle to win 8GB iPod touch‏

New England Anti-Vivisection Society

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A BIG thank you to Whole Foods Market for generously donating this gift card, allowing the lucky winner to shop a huge selection of cruelty-free brands and products.

Third Prize: R&R and ESEC T-shirts

Show off your NEAVS' Campaign T-shirts and get the word out that students have a right to choose humane alternatives to dissection and that chimpanzees don't belong in labs.

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