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From 21 September 2003 Issue

Help Make The Second Annual Christmas Monkey Toy Drive A Success!!

Wouldn't you like to help make a Monkeys Christmas dreams come true? Our goal is to collect at least one toy for every monkey, and one group toy for each enclosure. The toys do not have to be new, just in good condition.

What many people do not realize is that monkeys can enjoy the same toys that human children do. All you have to do is make sure that the toy is sturdy or durable enough to be played with by a strong child. For example, Fisher Price or Playskool, busy boxes or riding toys make excellent choices for them. They cannot be something that can easily be taken apart. The capuchins, especially Cookie, love playing with musical toys that play nursery rhymes. She just keeps pushing the buttons over and over until the batteries need recharging. As you are putting away all of the backyard toys, if your child will have outgrown some of the toys by next summer, consider sending them to the monkeys. Keep this in mind as you are getting rid of the old toys to make room for the new Christmas toys.

They also enjoy flat bed sheets, that will have plenty of knots tied in them. They like to drag them around and hide under them. When they peek out to see if anyone is watching, another monkey will quickly pounce on them and then the wrestling fun begins. Spray them with a little perfume and they enjoy it all the more. All of the monkeys love to play with pails and shovels, sometimes out of necessity dust pans and containers are substituted. They love to scoop up and fill the pails with mulch from the floors of their enclosures.

If you would like to donate a toy as a gift for someone, please indicate this when the donation is made. A gift notification will be sent, letting that special someone know that you have made the donation in their name.

Just to give you an idea as to what monkeys play with, please visit http://www.amomentintimedonations.freeservers.com/photo.html where you will see photos of some of the monkeys enjoying themselves, with their toys.

Please try to have your toys delivered by December 15, 2003.

Toys can be mailed to:
Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary
P.O. Box 134
Newcastle, OK 73065

http://www.mindysmem.org 
mindysmem@aol.com 

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