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.

Jennifer Vanderlaan (Author)