The Shilo Center has some wildlife, because it is run like a farm. There are goats, which I chased out of the kitchen several times before the ladies asked me why I hated goats. They thought it was funny that I didn’t want them near the food, since they considered near the warm fires the best place for them.

There were pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs a monkey and a baby chimpanzee the owner had rescued from poachers who killed his mother. The poor chimp has a skin infection so he is losing his hair, may be malnourished and is suffering from being isolated from other chimps. But the caretakers loved him and did their best to help him.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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