Nicki Walters sponsored this day of sanctuary in memory of her late husband, Bill (aka Twister 🙂 ). She shared this beautiful message about today:
“This was the day that I met the man who would change my life forever. Although he is not longer with us, he lives on in so many ways, one being the Twister Structure for the Chimpanzees to climb. He received so much joy from watching these amazing creatures and getting to know them through the incredibly personal, beautiful and funny stories those who care from them share almost daily. I find it a bit kismet that there is now a Willy B who seems to be a big beautiful guy who likes to keep the peace of which was also my Bill. Through the roughest of times, these lovely beings provide me joy and strength and that is one great way that Bill’s spirit continues on. So I want to recognize all the caregivers that do so with such dedication and care to each personality and thank them for sharing in a way that makes us all feel a part of the magic they are creating for the apes and for us. Thank you for brightening my and Bill’s day on so many occasions, and giving me a way to honor Bill in such a special way.”
Mave and Willy B:
Nicki, thank you so much for continuing Bill’s legacy and giving us the opportunity to share in your memory of him. It’s been amazing to see the adventure, courage, curiosity and joy the chimpanzees have received from the Twister structure. We’re sending you all the good thoughts today as we celebrate Bill and his wonderful heart.
Learn more about Bill and the history behind this incredible gift for the chimps here.