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Jim Cronin learned chimps to be a monkey again

Amersfoort

MARJO HOEDEMAKER Jim Cronin learned chimps to be a monkey again "What a sad weekend. In South-England the rain came pouring down from the sky. According to British weather experts this weekend was the wettest one of the passed 50 years. I was in England to attend the memorial service in memory of Jim Cronin. Everyone watching Monkey Business on Animal Planet can see Jim and his wife Alison on screen. Jim was the founder of Monkey World, a rescue centre for chimpanzees which have been abused by beach photographers in a horrible way. Unknowing tourists get a baby chimpanzee on their lap. The photographers take a photo and then you are sold. Try to resist the temptation of buying such a picture. It seems so lovely but as soon as those cute chimpanzees have grown tall, it's over. Literally and as a figure of speach. They become dangerous and can not be maintained anymore. Without hesitation they get dumped, slaughtered. Twenty years ago Jim has exposed these outrageous affairs, which resulted that this does not happen in Europe anymore. Thanks to him and his wife 75 chimpanzees have a wonderful "old day" in the sanctuary. The primates live, after intensive and loving care by the care givers, harmonuously together in four stable, social groups. In taking two steps ahead and one backwards they have learned what it is to be a monkey again. This, in combination with the apes' life stories, has lead for Monkey World to grow out into one of the best and famous ape parks in the world. Their work also does not stop at the bounderies of the park. Worldwide they support rescue centres with money and knowledge. But now, founder Jim is no longer here. In March he passed away at the age of 55, due to liver cancer. Despite the great sadness I believe his wife Alison will find the strength to continue their lives' work, because such a beautiful initiative may not go to waste."

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