In Loving Memory of Chimpanzee Nama
Aug 23, 2012
It is with heavy heart and fond memories that we bid farewell
to our beloved Nama.
In 1999, Dr. Sheri Speede found Nama and Dorothy chained at the entrance of the Luna Park Hotel, an hour from the capital city of
(Nama grooming Dorothy)
Once safe at
Nama's health improved dramatically and she and Dorothy were
soon introduced to Jacky's social group. Strong, smart and
resourceful, Nama fit in easily, but Dorothy's path to social acceptance was
more difficult. Nama stood by her friend during her struggle, protecting
her and providing comfort, making up for the years she could not do so.
Nama was also Jacky's first love and loyal supporter. A
courageous and gentle peacekeeper with an unerring sense of justice, she
became the ranking female in her expanding family of chimpanzees. In 2007
Nama saved the life of a volunteer who was being attacked by Bouboule, a
large male chimpanzee who had been accidently released from his enclosure along
with Nama; she chased Bouboule away from the volunteer over and over until the
staff could dart him with anesthesia and return him to his enclosure.
Nama was the most influential female of the group for almost 12 years,
until shortly before her death when her illness incapacitated her. Sanaga-Yong
Nama was our shining star.
She earned boundless admiration and respect from all who knew her. While we celebrate her remarkable life in the telling of her story, we mourn her death that came much too early.
(Nama and Jacky embracing)
A story like this shows us the incredible resilience of animals. Even after being chained, and isolated for so long, Nama and Dorothy were able to integrate into the family of Chimpanzees and enjoy the life in the group which is so natural to chimpanzees in the wild.
Thanks goes to Dr. Speede for not just walking by, but working tirelessly for several months until the 2 chimpanzees could be freed to a sanctuary.
Let's open our eyes and hearts, and not walk by the next time we see a situation that cries out for help.
Til next time,
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