Anyone curious about what chimpanzees can teach others about love, life and connection?
A free discussion on the subject Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Canby Public Library may offer some clues.
Sheri Speede, the author of Kindred Beings – What Seventy-three Chimpanzees Taught Me about Life, Love and Connection, will discuss her passion to stop animal abuse while conveying a heartfelt story of personal transformation.
Speede is the founder of In Defense of Animals – Africa and will talk about her mission to provide a sanctuary for chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal ape meat trade. Speede went first to Cameroon, Africa, in 1997 as a veterinarian but her original mission transformed when she encountered the shackled and chained chimpanzees languishing in plain view – their last stop before slaughter.
She went on to establish the Sanaa-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, a forested orphanage for potential victims of the ape meat trade.
Speede now splits her time between Cameroon and the United States, leading efforts to secure the future of chimpanzees at the sanctuary, as well as those living free in the forests of Cameroon.