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Review for Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc., Haiku, HI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am just a donor. I live on the shores of the North Atlantic, some 5,000 miles from the Pacific Primate Sanctuary. I have never been to the sanctuary; never been to Hawaii. One evening in 2008 I was half-listening to NPR as I prepared dinner. They were running a series on sounds that are common in the lives of some people but might be virtually unknowable to the rest of us. I heard a woman's voice and what sounded like the chirping, chattering of birds in the background. As I paid closer attention I learned that the "birds" were actually monkeys, as heard by the sanctuary volunteers as they entered the enclosure each morning. And, of course, the voice was Lucy Wormser's. Lucy said that before the monkeys arrived at the sanctuary they had never felt the sun, the wind, rain on their fur, or seen the sky. Those words struck a chord deep in my soul.

The next day Google delivered me to PPS's doorstep and I made a donation. The following day I received a kind, welcoming email from Lucy. We have been friends ever since. Over the years I have learned much about the serious research and other work performed at PPS. But, as a layperson, what touches me most is the love and compassion for the monkeys that I feel every single time I interact with PPS. And best of all, of course, are the monkeys. In every picture or video clip, they positively glow with well-being and joy.

Just thinking about the monkeys living out their natural lives together in such a loving place brings me a special kind of peace. I can sit quietly in my chair here and, soon enough, I hear the monkeys "singing" in their beautiful safe haven provided by Lucy, her staff, and all the dedicated volunteers.

Role:  Donor