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A tribute to 'Jungle' Jim

Daily Echo

IF Jim Cronin were here today, he would be a very proud man. The conservation work at Monkey World, that was so important to him, is thriving. And 88 capuchin monkeys, rescued from a grim life in a laboratory in Chile, will vouch for that. Monkey World founder Jim was a conservation pioneer. His death last year came as a devastating shock to everyone associated with the Dorset sanctuary. Grieving, his wife Alison vowed to carry on their work and keep their mission alive. Together Jim and Alison had planned to bring back some capuchin monkeys from Chile. Today Alison and her Monkey World team have fulfilled that dream and more. Jim would have been thrilled that Alison and co have rescued not just a few but all 88 of the capuccins kept in isolation in a laboratory in the name of "research". Now those capuchins will start learning how to be happy. Social animals, who normally live in groups or 30 or so, they probably don't even know how to comm- unicate properly with each other. Yet. What a different story to be witnessed, I'll bet, in a few months' time. Last week, on telly's Celebrity Big Brother Hijack, comedian Russell Brand said on air that he was a big Monkey World fan. Big Brother's a programme where humans, who normally enjoy their freedom, are kept confined in a tiny space for others to watch. To see cappucin monkeys that have spent their lives confined in a tiny space enjoy freedom of space at Monkey World will be much more thrilling viewing. It is a privilege and a huge tribute to Alison and her remarkable team. And, of course, to Jim.

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