Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hello to all Story Book Readers.
Christmas came early this week in the monkey house. It was a very special time. Santa wasn’t dressed in red nor did he have a white beard or a red nose. Actually his name wasn’t even Santa, it was Cam, Courtney, Leslie, Jenn, and our new friend Lori. This year Cam and Courtney went with one less present on Christmas in order to do something nice for the monkeys. They all arrived one evening with Christmas boxes for each one of the group. IT WAS WONDERFUL! Sweet Pea’s BIG box was filled with shredded paper and mixed in the paper were presents! A stuffed animal, a ginger bread cookie all wrapped up, some jelly beans in a container. WOW! The best present for Pea was that very special soft coat that she found in the box. She takes it up to bed every night to sleep with. Lexy’s box had a new doll in it for her, which she has since adopted as her new baby. Lexy doesn’t like just any doll, she is very particular, but her new doll was a good choice. Chelsea had a Sponge Bob Square Pants water toy in her box, it bubbles when you push the button. She really likes the sound that it makes. New rubber boots were also in her box! Everyone who knows Chelsea knows how much she likes boots. Mr. Jenkins got a stuffed toy snake and he enjoyed playing tug of war with Cam. They all liked their boxes so much. It was very special for us to watch them. Cam and Courtney did such a great job putting the boxes together. Cam and Courtney….you are very special for thinking of the monkeys and giving them such a wonderful day…thank-you!
We are glad you are all a part of our monkey family.

Today, Kathy and Jeff arrived from Toronto to help with the monkeys. They too came with very special presents. Some of Kathy’s students made monkey necklaces with pasta and hemp. Pierre enjoyed his so much. If any of you students are reading. Great job!!! Thank-you.

As I sit here blogging and being thankful and as yet another year is fast coming to an end, I feel really blessed at how many friends the monkeys have and how many people I truly call friend. So to all of you who have helped the monkeys in any way, we are glad you are apart of our extended monkey family, we are blessed to have you. Please know that you have made a difference and the monkey’s lives are better for it. My life is better for it, Thank-you. Sherri

Monday, December 8, 2008

Freddy is a muscovy..

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! At the farm there was lots of activity this week, as we welcomed a new friend for Koo-Koo the dove and Mickey, a beautiful pencil marmoset. The boys, Pablo and Amigo were so curious all morning with the preparations and nuzzled her straight away to reassure her and say Hello. Mickey is a well-loved little girl, who needed to be with her kind, so she came to the farm to her new family.

Freddy is growing into a handsome Muscovy duck. His crest is now becoming prominent, as is the red colouring around his eyes and beak. It is quite sweet, as Duck (the goose) laid an egg this week, which she sometimes does. This kicked in Freddy's paternal instincts, so Sherri said he was watching the nest closely and became "big man on campus". He is very protective towards Duck and stays by her side. When we brought them in for the night, they rubbed necks and touched their beaks together. Very touching - showing once again how we can learn so much from our fellow creatures in the art of getting along and being peaceful!

The holidays are just around the corner. These times are very concerning for all of us, escpecially sanctuaries who rely on the kindness and generousity of supporters. We ask that you think of the primates and beings at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary when completing your gifts and shopping. Canadian Tire money is helpful, as are donations, either cash or in-kind, or helping us spread the word. If you are not sure if you have something we can use, please feel free to check out the website, or email Sherri directly at: Donations can be made through the website or by mail to:

Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary
2315 Concession 10, RR#3
Sunderland, Ontario, Canada
L0C 1H0

Thank you so much and have a great week!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Looking forward

Hi everyone! Can you believe that we are now into December???? So many things have been going on at the Sanctuary - Julian is settling in, and talks to his sister, Lexy. He has a good friend in Kim - she sits with him and he will shift for her, when it is cleaning time.

Freddy continues to grow everyday, he is a big beautiful duck - we are not sure what kind, but he and Duck (the goose) are the dearest of friends, chatting, talking and wanting to be part of the team.

Emma has been adopted by Val, one of our amazing volunteers. Emma is bringing laughter and new adventures to Niles, Val's other companion cat.

Please stay tuned as our 2009 Calendars will be available for download shortly.