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Remembering Theo

i Sep 1st 3 Comments by

Theo left this world on August 22, 2017.

Theo was born in the wild in Kenya, a place where Olive Baboons are meant to live, and captured as an infant. He was imported to Canada and set to be used in research at University of Western Ontario. Due to his strength and the fact that he would not keep the restraining jacket on, he could not be used for the studies. After all he had been through with his capture and his losses, Theo was to be terminated. His job was to be a blood donor for other baboons who had undergone a kidney transplant. This required that he wear a type of restraining jacket, without it the necessary access to his body was impossible. It seems Theo would not wear the jacket and was able to get it off. Lucky for him, he would not wear the restraining devices, but horrifying to think his life would have to end because of that. This vibrant, amazing, social young fellow would be on a list of candidates who would be killed unless someone provided a home for him. Which is exactly what Fauna did in 2003. (more…)

Princess Party Provides Monkey Enrichment

i Jul 24th 2 Comments by

Enrichment is a vital element for any nonhuman animal living in captivity and is an effective means of improving their overall physical and emotional welfare. The animal caregivers, interns and volunteers at Fauna spend a great deal of time planning and implementing chimpanzee and monkey enrichment in a wide variety of ways including food and meal choices, treat puzzles, toys, mirrors, magazines, clothing, art materials, or even wrapped cardboard boxes. Environmental enrichment can include hanging items, wading pools, tunnels, ropes, climbing structures, tires and hammocks. All of these encourage exploration and physical activity in their home at Fauna. (more…)

Fauna Receives Food For Thought Grant

i Jun 29th No Comments by

Fauna was the recipient of a $250 Food For Thought grant from Animal Place! (more…)

ACTION! Enrichment Campaign

i May 24th No Comments by

Enrichment, which includes activities that promote physical activity and mental stimulation, is essential for the well-being of captive chimpanzees. It comes in many forms including; food and meal choices, treat puzzles, toys, mirrors, magazines, clothing, art materials, and even wrapped cardboard boxes. It can also be structural and tunnels, ropes, climbing structures, tires and hammocks encourage exploration and physical activity in their home at Fauna. The ACTION! Enrichment Campaign will support exciting enrichment progams this summer and we need your help! (more…)