Yesterday, the Seattle Times published a great article about CSNW online. It will also appear in the print version of the Seattle Times Pacific NW magazine this Sunday. Please share it widely if you can – we are so grateful to writer Sandi Doughton and photographer Alan Berner for giving the sanctuary and the movement to rescue and retire primates such great coverage.
This morning, the chimps took to the foggy, rain-soaked hill to play and explore.
As usual, Missy led the group outside but quickly sped away and forged her own path across the fire hose vines.
Annie struggled to keep up since she is reluctant to walk quadrupedally (on all fours) outside – especially in wet grass.
Burrito had spent the early part of the morning engaged in wild and varied dominance displays, which did not exactly endear him to the rest of the group. As a result, the girls gave him a chance to cool off for a bit by himself. Here he is wadging what was left of his breakfast chow bag and probably wondering what everyone is so upset about.
Jody managed to keep the Thanksgiving buffet alive for another day after discovering some leftover green beans on the hill.
Foxie kept her Strawberry Shortcake doll close by throughout the morning adventure.
Any way to get that article (in a word doc or similar) as I tried to read it but in 5 seconds it disappears unless one subscribes/pays to that Seattle paper and I don’t read it enough to subscribe. From what I could see briefly, looked interesting! If not able, no worries. Thanks.
Hi Lois – I’m sorry that you’re getting blocked by a paywall. I’m not sure we’d be allowed to reprint the article in that way, but I think that the paywall resets each month? If you live within Washington it will also be available in print this Sunday!
Thanks – sorry but I live on the East Coast (near Boston) so don’t have access to that paper. Library doesn’t carry Washington papers either. If anyone has an extra copy I’d give you my address to mail it to me?
Lois, it came up for me, as well, but when I logged back in (was on my phone), it worked just fine, and I was able to read the whole thing. In Burrito’s history, I was wondering why “Jungle Larry’s” sounded familiar, and it turned out that it was because of Cedar Point (I went there a couple of times as a teen, but alas, either before Mr. B’s days there, or he was in Florida when he was with them).
This is a superb article by the Seattle Times, thank you for sharing it. One of the best I’ve seen regarding CSNW, excellent photos too. I am always thrilled to see a story on the realities of laboratory animals and I am pleased to finally see options for laboratory monkeys being discussed. There are many animals used in labs (even dogs and cats) who are not fortunate enough to receive the option of retirement to a sanctuary or the option of a second chance. I will share this wonderful piece happily. I was also interested that Burrito was with Jungle Larry (saw an old photo of a chimp on his website and couldn’t help but wonder if it was our Mr. B).
Love the above photos and breakdown of the gangs activities too. Never a dull moment with The Cle Elum Seven!
Karen Young says
JB thank you for sharing The Seattle Times article. I learned so much more about the sanctuary and your story and Diana’s. It was a wonderful read and great exposure for the Cle Elum Seven and for the future plans for the sanctuary. I remember Carol Noon telling me and Don that her goal was to go out of the chimp business. However to think that most research chimps will be dead in 20 years was a complete revelation. At this time of Thanksgiving, Don and I are thankful for the leadership and vision of you and Diana, the staff, the volunteers and all who support the sanctuary with interest and donations. God Bless you as you embark on the next journey at the sanctuary – more lucky chimps joining the seven. Happy Thanksgiving.
Reading the Seattle Times’ article serves to remind me that, safe and well-cared for as the chimpanzees
have been for the past decade, their treatment was not always humane. The concluding paragraph hit hard:
Never learning how to mate, so too has Burrito been deprived of learning how to nest.
CSNW is a great place to find refuge. Indeed, in the case of the pan Troglodytes in residence, it is the proverbial next best place to home…which is equatorial sub-Saharan Africa, not Jungle Larry’s circus or Lawless Leonard’s windowless biomedical lab.
Oh Tobin, I too was hit hard discovering Burrito doesn’t know how to build a nest. The description in the article brought tears to my eyes as I could envision him moving his arms about in an effort to build his phantom nest. And through it all Burrito is such a charming, silly, sweet boy. Finding a photo of a performing chimp On Jungle Larry’s website made me gasp…. just the slight possibility that it could have been Burrito made me feel sick. I know I could not withstand half of what he has endured in his life. Thank goodness for CSNW and second chances.