In Defense of Animals
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Dorothy spent at least 25 lonely years, and probably closer to 40 years, chained by her neck before a daily parade of people at an amusement park - people who thought it hilarious that she would beg for cigarettes and savor the butts they threw at her.  After the first ever armed confiscation of primates in Cameroon in May 2000, Dorothy enjoyed eight years and four months at Sanaga-Yong Center surrounded by people and chimpanzees who cherished her.

Dorothy was a kind and giving soul. Those of us who loved her, enjoyed many hours being groomed by her. Her long lovely fingers were patient and unwavering in their gentleness; only seldom did she bow her head and look up sweetly, asking for someone to groom her in reciprocation. She was rused by her human caregivers completely, and for some inexplicable reason, considering the harm done to her by humans, she knew that she could trust us.  

We believe Dorothy loved her human friends, but the relationships most important to her, by far, were her relationships within her chimpanzee family. Dorothy was respected and loved by all in her family - perhaps most of all by Nama, her loyal friend who had suffered with her through some of those horrible years at the amusement park and who was rescued with her. 

Our dear Dorothy, we are better for knowing you, and we will never forget you.  Dedicated to the beauty and hope Dorothy embodied, our legacy membership ensures a compassionate future in her honor.

Leaving a Legacy
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