Tuesday, 20 March 2007

R.I.P Jim Cronin 1952 - 2007

I don't know how many of you will know him, or his work, but he was a primate specialist and conversationalist. He ran, with his wife Alison and many dedicated and skillful staff, a centre called 'Monkey World' in Dorset, UK, and I've visited many times; I also have an adopted chimpanzee - who is adorable - called Seamus. The centre worked internationally to rescue and rehome all types of primates from neglect and woeful conditions - being used as photographer's props in Spain, or orang-u-tans being kept as pets in the Orient. They were brought back to the centre and, as they weren't able to return to the wild, given beautiful, spacious enclosures and close, caring groups of primates to live in.

I've had the pleasure, while at the centre, to meet Jim and his wife Alison, several times, and they are truly wonderful people. I woke this morning, however, to a phone call from my mother, saying that Jim has died from liver cancer. He was a wonderful man, caring and compassionate, and did countless amounts of tireless good work for a worthy cause. He was 55, and he'll be missed.

R.I.P Jim.

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