Chilean ex-lab capuchins fly to new life at Monkey World
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2008:
WAREHAM, U.K.–Approaching the March 2008 first anniversary
of the death of her husband and rescue partner Jim Cronin, Monkey
World cofounder Alison Cronin took on the biggest project in the
15-year history of the sanctuary: attempting to rehabilitate 88
capuchin monkeys, ranging in age from two to 30, most of whom have
never known a life beyond single housing in cages and use in
Flown to Britain from Santiago, Chile, aboard a Chilean Air
Force C-130 Hercules prop-jet, the capuchins arrived on January 29,
Alison Cronin called it “The largest rescue of primates in
the world ever.” Not quite: Center for Captive Chimp-anzee Care
founder Carole Noon in 2002 took in 266 chimpanzees and 61 monkeys
formerly kept by the now defunct Coulston Foundation, a major
laboratory supplier. Her Florida sanctuary is now called Save the
Chimps. But the Monkey World capuchin rescue is the largest
laboratory primate rescue to cross international borders.
Approached for help by the lab that formerly kept the
capuchins, Alison and the late Jim Cronin began planning the rescue
together, before he was felled by liver cancer at age 55.
Monkey World has previously rescued and rehabilitated about
50 former laboratory primates. Located on a former pig farm, the
sanctuary attracts about 500,000 visitors per year.