Monday, January 19, 2009

Canadian Tire Money Drive - Can you help us raise $500?

Happy Monday! We hope you survived the snow storm this weekend.

Exciting news - we are launching a Canadian Tire Money Drive - with the goal of raising $500.00 by March 1st! Every day we work to ensure a loving, safe and honouring environment - which requires regular maintenance to the barn. There is always a need of tools and supplies.

Can you help?

With the Christmas season just passed, you may have Canadian Tire Money from the gifts purchased. Not a handy man? Do not know what to do with those colourful bills? We ask that you donate them to the sanctuary - all those little amounts of $.05; $.10 will add up! So please share this drive appeal with your friends, family, fellow students at school, co-workers, church members, neighbours and teachers.

This would be a great project for your school, scout groups, and social groups - We will keep you informed of the progress!

Canadian Tire Money Donations can be made by post to:
Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary
2315 Concession 10, RR#3
Sunderland, Ontario, Canada
L0C 1H0
Attn: Canadian Tire Money Drive

If you are in the city, I would be happy to coordinate a collection point.

On behalf of Jenkins, Razzle, Kye, Kizmet, Rosie, Komoto, Amigo, Pablo, Sweet Pea, Yoshi, Lexy, Julian, Pierre, Smokey, Bandit and Keanu, and all the other "little people" we thank you so much!


Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy New Year!

Good afternoon! We hope you and your family enjoyed the holidays. Here we are going into the second week of 2009. We are looking forward to working with you to make this year an outstanding year for primates here in Ontario and to bring forth their experiences. It is hard some days to get my head around the fact that exotic animals are traded and auctioned off legally here in the province. For example, lemurs are sold in pet stores - which I have now seen for myself. Please join us: become involved; volunteer; educate and take action for primates!

It has been super busy at the sanctuary! Freddy and Duck have a new area, as does Jenkins. Mickey, the beautiful marmoset is keeping Amigo and Pablo (the marmoset boys) on their toes. She had her first meal of crickets - which she loved, but she was not too thrilled with meal worms in her supper! She is very particular in her space and loves to chatter in on conversations. A cute little story - one of the Christmas gifts received was a ceramic wall hanging with three chimpanzees on it. Sherri hung it by the volunteer board in the barn, which is alongside Mickey's area - she was not too pleased about that and kept chattering at Sherri and the ceramic chimps. So Sherri moved it along the other wall, but Mickey could still see it - chattering again, so it had to be hung in the other room.

The wonderful Taylor came up on Saturday - an activist for years, his spirit and compassion are inspirational. Yoshi enjoyed quiet time with Sherri and Taylor, which is such a treat.

While cleaning on Saturday, I had an educational interaction with Pablo and Amigo. As part of their enrichment, they get a treat of crickets tucked into the compartments of an egg carton. While cleaning the floor, I popped the used egg carton on their ledge to get it off the floor and to put it for recycling - next thing you know, they came down - all excited and chirping – “yummy crickets are here”. Alas, there were no yummy crickets...the boys were taken aback and chattered at me, especially Pablo - "Where are they? Aren't they here? Did you hide them?" I had to open the carton and show them that it was empty, but Pablo really had to be convinced. 'Lo and behold there was a cricket shell in the carton. He grabbed it in his right hand, bit it and then looked at me in shock- this was not fresh! How dare I? He flipped the past-due cricket out of his hand and told me what he thought all about that! Every moment I am amazed by these precious beings and how effectively they communicate. Lesson learned here - do not touch the egg carton!