Photo: © Jo-Anne McArthur.
Over the years, we have had the privilege of getting to know and care for some very special souls. Each of these remarkable chimpanzees touched our lives in different ways, but all still hold a special place in our hearts even today. Click on their photos and read their In Remembrance stories. Share their stories with your friends, as these chimps should never be forgotten for the sacrifice each has made.
The chimpanzees who had the opportunity to call Fauna home over the years have been immortalized by their stories. Each and every chimpanzee who has been kept behind bars has a story, and each one needs their story to be told.
These chimpanzees are the Ambassadors for the others. Their stories must be told, their secrets shared, in order to help those still inside the research labs, the zoos, and the private homes. Fauna’s chimpanzee family have become remarkable Ambassadors, and they continue to be long after they are gone. Their stories, their lives, and their suffering needs to be shared until the very last chimpanzee is safely moved to sanctuary.
Over the years, we’ve had the chance to share all we knew about these amazing individuals, and with the help of some dedicated people, get their stories heard. Dr. Theodora Capaldo is one such person.
In 2003, Dr. Theodora Capaldo, president of The New England Anti Vivisection Society, invited founder Gloria Grow to speak in Boston and tell the stories of these chimps. Dr. Capaldo was deeply moved by the stories. She understood the importance of them… of knowing who these faceless, numbered research subjects were, who these chimps really were, knowing who had been behind the bars, and trying to understand the world from the their point of view.
Thus, a campaign was launched — “In Their Own Words.” A campaign that would take us to Washington, DC. to share the stories of these chimps, and one that would ultimately contribute to the end of some chimpanzee research in the US. And perhaps, it will bring about the day when there is no more chimpanzee research.