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September 18, 2007 - Marmoset Matchmaker; Monkey Retirement; Monkey Love Art Exhibit; Call for Vegan Recipes; and Jimmy Sr.'s Birthday Party!

Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,

A very special thanks to Jody and Lynn who really came through for us in a huge way in getting our new Caregiver's Quarters here and set up, wow!! We couldn't have done it without the two of you and everyone else who helped out with the new home for our dedicated carestaff!

I know that many of you have been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear how the introductions are going between our new marmoset bachelorettes and our lonely boys. Well, I have good news and I have bad news-the bad news is that after Chachi and Mitzi seemed to hit it off so well, they got into an argument. I explained to Chachi that "no" means NO; however, he didn't heed my warning and we had a pretty good fight between the newly introduced couple. There was some bruising, a few punctures and some lacerations, but no broken bones and both recovered very well. In recovery it was obvious that neither Mitzi nor Chachi wanted much to do with each other!


Chachi and Fala
Chachi and Fala share a snack

The good news is- we noticed that Chachi seemed to have his eye on Fala, so we introduced the two last Tuesday and they have been having a great time, playing, grooming and sleeping together, and even sharing a food bowl!

Zima and Miko were introduced shortly after the girls arrived and they have been doing very well together: grooming, sharing food nicely, and investigating their surroundings. Zima has really come out of her shell and has found a wonderful friend in Miko. So, keep your fingers crossed for our next introduction. We are hoping for a love connection between Mojo and Mitzi! I will keep you updated on our progress of socializing our ex-pet monkeys with our retired laboratory monkeys!

Zima and Miko Zima and Miko enjoy
each other's company

Please donate to the Lab Monkey Retirement FundSpeaking of retiring laboratory monkeys, I have good news and bad news - the good news is that I have over 100 monkeys retiring from laboratory research that are in need of sanctuary homes! The bad news is - Jungle Friends does not have the funds or the staff to accommodate them all - we need your help! Click on Research Retirement Fund to learn more.



And speaking of fundraising, we are having another Monkey Art Exhibit featuring 30 of our talented Jungle Friends monkey artists. The event will be at the Monkey Love Dessert Bar and Art Gallery in Brunswick, Georgia. All of the funds we raise from the Monkey Art Exhibit will go into our Laboratory Monkey Retirement Fund.

CJ has been working non-stop on the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary website; if you haven't visited in a while, you should certainly check it out. CJ has two of our videos up on the site. You can click here to view them: Born to Be Wild and A Visit to Jungle Friends. Please share these videos with your friends and family! Check back often - we have been taking lots and lots of video of the monkeys and soon every monkey will have a video clip on their page. We're now working on a "Virtual Tour" video of the sanctuary! The videos are on our MySpace page, too. Be sure to add Jungle Friends to your MySpace top friends list!

We also have another delicious fundraising project in the works. Kim, one of our volunteers and proud sponsor of Jimmy Sr. and Chi Chi, is going to head the effort to publish a Jungle Friends Vegan Cookbook. Please send in your favorite vegan recipes! Kim also stopped by to visit her dear friends Jimmy and Chi Chi on Jimmy's 50th birthday. As you can see, Jimmy is really enjoying his cake!

Ann and Kim present the birthday cake
Ann and Kim (right) present
the birthday cake while Jimmy Sr.
looks on in anticipation
Jimmy enjoys his cake

Maxine delivers her monkey hammocksWe always say that there is something for everyone here at Jungle Friends and we are always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to help out, just let us know where your talents lie and I am sure we can put them to good use, like Maxine, pictured on the right- she told me she could sew and voila - monkey beds!

Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks