Question by vicky_edmond2000: jim cronin?
can any body tell me how jim cronin died ( the gu from monkey world) past away last week but i can not find any thing o say how he died , thanks
Answer by jrfire91
Jim Cronin – Founder of Monkey World – Died Age 55
On March 17, 2007, the world lost one of its animal defenders. According to the New York Times, the cause of death was liver cancer. Jim Cronin, with his wife Alison, worked tirelessly to save abused and abandoned Spanish beach chimpanzees and apes, the victims of the “take a picture with a monkey” tourist trade. In addition to this cause, they also campaigned heavily to put an end to smuggling, trapping, and the illegal selling of primates.
Born and raised in NY, Jim’s first in-depth exposure to the world of animals began when he became a zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. Quickly, his enthusiasm, dedication and hard work payed off and he was recommended to Howletts Zoo, in Kent, England in 1980. It was there that he found his focus on primates and their plight in the wild. Seven years after moving to England, he took out a £25,000 business loan and established the Monkey World sanctuary (built on a deserted pig farm of 67 acres near Wool in Dorset), which is now home to 160 rescued primates of 16 different species.
Jim was a self-taught zoologist, and his wife, Alison has a doctorate in anthropology. Together, they made a formidable team. Jim met Alison in 1993, when she travelled to Monkey World on a fact-finding mission about animal fencing. Jim instantly fell in love, but it took time (and a lot of phone calls) to win Alison over. He favored charity work, while she favors more academic pursuits.
Their work became recognized worldwide and the Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth II) bestowed upon them the honor of Member of the British Empire, even though both of them are American citizens. In 1998, Jane Goodall presented the sanctuary with the 1998 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Zoo Animal Welfare Award for its woolly monkey habitat. In 2003, they were granted approval for a new animal hospital at Monkey World, providing further jobs for the local population (the sanctuary contributes indirectly, as well, as hotels and restaurants support the tourists who visit Monkey World).
Not willing to sit on their laurels, the Cronins actively fought animal abuse by going undercover, raiding labs, and risking their own lives for the lives of primates. Some of their more public rescues involved taking a chimp from a Turkish TV show, rescuing a chimp whose jaw had been broken from abuse and was drugged on valium to pose with tourists for photos, and, most famously, the rescue of an unruly chimp from the well-meaning Crown Prince of Dubai.
Because the animals can outlive the Cronin’s, it is important that their care be continued. Monkey World has set up a fund in memory of Jim to continue his legacy and all donations should be made payable to the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund, and sent to Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH.
The sanctuary is home to rescued primates from over a dozen countries and has been featured in the Animal Planet show “Monkey Business”. According to Animal Planet “Primates are characterized by the refined development of their hands and feet, five fingers, a shortened snout, a large brain, and the presence of a collarbone. Therefore, strictly speaking, humans are also primates. Consequently, primates are our closest living relatives and some, such as chimpanzees, share almost 99% of our DNA.” So, when we work to save these amazing creatures, we’re working to save one of our own.
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