Along with stories of hardship during this pandemic, we have also witnessed stories of sacrifice and humility. And we’ve seen stories of heroes stepping up and stepping in.

At the sanctuary, we don’t have to look any further than to our frontline care staff. On extended lockdown since March, they’ve been working ten hour days, each doing the work of three people. They’ve done this willingly to keep our resident chimpanzees safe.

This week we want to honor their work – sharing a little about who they are and why they have chosen to work at the


Sanctuary. There are five teams at the sanctuary, each are led by a Section Curator – some of whom have worked at the Sanctuary for a long time.


Torrie Gagne is our longest serving Section Curators, having worked at the Sanctuary since 2007 – she is in charge of Freddy and Seve’s Islands—two of the more boisterous groups at the

Let’s salute Torrie and all our frontline caregivers. One of

our volunteers and long time supporters, Doug MacWilliam has chosen to via a special fundraiser that can QUADRUPLE the power of your gift during our Board Match Challenge.

We salute Torrie, Doug and the hundreds of you who have participated during this critical time! But we need your help to keep the momentum going!


Of course, we’re grateful to all who have already given. But we have a big journey ahead of us over the next few weeks …

You see, our generous Board Members have promised $210,000 in matching funds, but to receive the full amount we first have to raise $210,000 by May 15th from caring people like you. That’s where the challenge comes in! We need your help now …

Help us continue to protect our resident chimpanzees by giving today. Only gifts and pledges made by May 15th will be matched, you can make a real difference in the lives of our residents, won’t you please give now?