Today was sponsored by Jessica Mayhew in honor of her mother, Dr. Barbara Lopez-Mayhew!
Jessica plays several valued roles within our chimpanzee family. In addition to being an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Director of the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program at Central Washington University where she works alongside the many student interns and volunteers who help us care for the chimps and their home, she also generously gives her time as one of our Board members and a volunteer caregiver. She adds to the chimps’ lives in countless ways and today we’re so lucky to celebrate her mother, Barbara with her. Jessica shared this really beautiful message about her mother:
“This day is in celebration of my amazing mother and her birthday. She has always led by example, and from an early age taught me critical life lessons about tolerance, celebrating diversity, standing my ground in the face of a challenge, and about speaking up for the things I believe in. She has been my biggest champion, and I credit much of my success to her teachings. She is so loved!”
Jessica, thank you so much for sponsoring this day of sanctuary! We can’t thank you enough for everything you bring to the lives of all the primates here at CSNW! We’re so lucky to call you part of our family and are honored that you would choose to celebrate your mother this way.
Happy Birthday, Barbara! We’re so happy to share in your special day with you and your family and all of us wish you the happiest of birthdays yet!
And in even more exciting birthday news, you are now pals with the Queen herself, Negra: