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Remi, a ring-tailed lemur
Remembering Remi

Remi, a ring-tailed lemur, arrived at the sanctuary in 2010 along with another ring-tailed lemur named Buddy.  They had been kept together in a birdcage at a pet shop in BC. When legislation in BC made it illegal to own exotic animals, they were both brought to the sanctuary.  Because of his early years at the pet store, Remi enjoyed and welcomed the company of humans.

In March, we noticed a lump behind Remi's jaw. A full physical health assessment revealed more lumps, and he was diagnosed with Stage 5 Lymphoma. Remi is one of only a handful of lemurs to have had the opportunity to receive chemotherapy.

After extensive consultation with small animal and pediatric oncologists, exotic animal cancer specialists and pharmaceutical companies across North America, our veterinarian came up with a plan to give Remi a combination of IV and oral therapies. Remi was a great patient and tolerated the heavy medical procedures quite well – eating well, being active and even gaining some weight.

However, sadly, cancer progressed too quickly. As soon as we saw that Remi was no longer comfortable, we decided to give him a dignified and compassionate passing. Letting Remi go was not an easy decision, but we felt it was the most humane option and a gift we could not deny a friend.
Lexy with one of her dolls
A Newcomer is arriving soon!

We are making preparations to accept another Japanese macaque. She is two years old and is coming from a facility where she has not been accepted by the troop after her mother died of complications from a C-section.  We are hoping that she will be a good companion for Lexy (who had a baby taken from her), Darwin and Max. It is not easy to introduce monkeys from different backgrounds but, in this instance, this little girl was not accepted by her own family. We hope she will be happier at the sanctuary.
Some of the renovated enclosures
The old barn gets a much needed renovation

The original sanctuary building, which is over 20 years old, has been extensively renovated and upgraded. We added more windows, improved the lighting, and upgraded the electric wiring throughout the sanctuary. As a result, we were able to move Boo and Gerdie, our rhesus macaques, into much larger indoor and outdoor enclosures where they are surrounded by other macaques. Boo and Gerdie have gained some weight over the winter, so we are putting them on a diet and are hoping that they will get more exercise in their spacious new home!

Integrating individual monkeys together as a group

The introduction of the Japanese macaques Maximus, Darwin and Lexy took place a few months ago. Primates are social creatures and Japanese macaques do live in social groups in the wild. Therefore, it is crucial that even in captivity, they get the opportunity to join a group to be able to express their natural behaviour.

Whenever there is more than one monkey in an enclosure, a hierarchy will develop. Max turned out to become the "alpha" of the new group. As far as we know, Max has never been with other monkeys before in his life.  Darwin, since his arrival at the sanctuary has, at least, always been surrounded by monkeys in enclosures adjacent to his, allowing him to study their behaviours. Lexy, in her relationship with the late Julien, was quite dominant. However, she now follows Max around and seems to be quite smitten. Darwin is content to hang out with both of them and they are all happy to groom each other – the ultimate test of acceptance and mutual respect. We are proud of this successful integration of these three monkeys who don’t have any familial bond so that they don’t have to live alone.

Max with grapefruit
Darwin at age 2
Sanctuary visits still restricted

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we are unable to hold our monthly Open Days for the second year in a row. Many of you would love to come and visit the monkeys, but while we are all waiting for the restrictions to be lifted, you can help improve the lives of our monkeys and lemurs by being part of our Foster Program or by donating.

We look forward to welcoming you in the future!

Thank you for your continued support.
Thank you for being part of the Story Book family. 
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C2315 Concession 10 Rd, Sunderland, ON, L0C 1H0
Phone: 416-816-4800
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