Today marked the death of John Glenn. Born on July 18th, 1921, he went on to become a Marine pilot and in 1959 was selected for the Mercury astronaut training program. In 1962 he was the first American man to orbit the earth, circling it 3 times. He famously commented: “I don’t know what you can say about a day when you see four beautiful sunsets…. This is a little unusual, I think.” In 1998, at the age of 77, he made his second trip into space onboard the Space Shuttle, helping NASA learn what effects space had on older people. John Glenn lived a long and full life and passed away on December 8th, at the age of 95. (more…)
“When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” — Madeline Miller
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our dear friend Norman Taylor.
Norman, known to his friends simply as Taylor, was one of Fauna’s first friends and has always been there for us in the role of volunteer, board member, advisor and most of all as a dear and trusted friend.
His great respect for the planet and all beings — both human and non-human — was exemplary. He has campaigned his whole life for the rights and inclusiveness of all members of this planet and leaves behind a shining example and legacy, central to our beliefs, that we will never forget. (more…)
The Chimphouse is in need of renovations — in particular, a fresh coat of paint! The chimps love to play. The walls of their home often get chipped and worn by toys and enrichment that are dragged around and furniture being re-arranged. The paint is further damaged by the necessary power-washing that is done weekly to keep the rooms clean for the residents. So, it is time to get to work and we are kicking things off with our Wet Paint Campaign!
Fauna Foundation applauds the tireless work of NEAVS and its coalition for fighting for the rights of Agatha, Elvira, Faye, Fritz, Lucas, Tara and Georgia, the 7 YERKES chimpanzees who were destined for a U.K. zoo. NEAVS championed a coalition of U.S. chimp sanctuaries (including Fauna Foundation), animal groups, and former Emory Yerkes employees, and sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent having a permit granted to Emory Yerkes’ to export the chimps to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited zoo in England. The case is now being further investigated by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Columbia. (more…)