It is a beautiful May day in Cle Elum as we celebrate Motherâ€™s Day like so many of you. I hope you enjoy your day with your mother and your loved ones.
Unfortunately, Jody and our other mother chimps do not get to spend this day with their children. Or any other day for that matter. We know that Jody had at least nine babies born to her and taken away from her during her years as a biomedical test subject. I could not imagine the anguish that a mother must feel when a baby is taken away from her and for the years of memories that will never happen.
In honor of our chimpanzees who are mothers, I hope you will consider making a donation to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest today. We are hoping to raise $1,000 to support Jody and our other mother chimpanzees as we reflect on what this day means. They deserve to have a day in their honor and in the memory of the children they had who are still in biomedical research labs. Thank you for supporting our chimpanzee family.