Jim Cronin MBE – R.I.P.


Det er et år og syv måneder siden, men jeg har først opdaget det igår. Jeg har ellers set rigtig mange “Monkey Business” fra Monkey World i Dorset og elsket at se dem. Selv når det var genudsendelser for 20 gang, kunne jeg stadig hygge mig med at se Jim og hans kone Alisons dedikation og lidenskab. At de var et par, der var skabt for hinanden var bare så tydeligt, og de gjorde et kæmpearbejde. Nu er Jim gået bort.

Han startede Monkey World med et statslån, hvor han lejede et stykke jord og begyndte sit arbejde med at redde chimpanser over hele jorden. Også andre primater og aber kom til, og i forbindelse med arbejdet mødte han Alison, der havde den akademiske baggrund for parken og de kørte et parløb både privat og professionelt og blev også gift. I 2006 fik både Alison og Jim en MBE for deres arbejde for Dyrene.

Otte måneder før sin død blev Jim diagnosticeret med levercancer, og tog til sin hjemby New York for behandling. En behandling der desværre ikke virkede. Jim blev født 15. november 1951-17. marts 2007 og blev således 55 år.

Det forlyder, at han skulle begraves i parken han stiftede og elskede så højt, og at hans kone Alison vil føre hans livsværk videre. Det gjorde mig virkelig ondt, at opdage denne “nyhed” – det var alt for tidligt vi igen mistede en ildsjæl.

Hvis du kan læse engelsk og vil se nogen af artiklerne, der blev skreve i anledning af Jims død, kan du gøre det her.

Jim Cronin MBE – R.I.P.

It’s been a year and seven months, but I only discoverd it yesterday. I have seen “Monkey Business” from Monkey World in Dorset so very often and I have loved to watch them. Even when it was omnibus for the 20th. time I could still enjoy watching Jim and his wife Alison’s dedication and passion. It was obvious that they’re meant for each other and they did a huge amount of work for the apes. Now Jim has passed away.

He started Monkey World with at state loan and rented at piece of land and started his work of saving the chimps all over the world. Also other primates and apes joined the park and in connection with the worlk he met Alison who had the accademic background for the park, and they were partners both privately and professionally and were married as well. In 2006 both Alison and Jim recieved a MBE for their work for animal welfare.

Eight months before his death Jim was diagnosed with liver cancer, and went to his hometown of New York for treatment. A treatment that unfortunately didn’t work. Jim was born 15th. November 1951-17th. March 2007 and as such died at 55 years of age.

It’s been stated that he was to be burried in the park he founded and loved so much and that his wife Alison is continuing his work. I was really sadend by this “news” – again we lost at great spirit much too early.

If you want to see all the news articles in connection with Jim’s death and legacy you can here.