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From: "Shirley McGreal" <[email protected]><br><br><br><br>
We at IPPL are just devastated and stunned at the<br><br>
tragic passing of our friend and colleague Linda<br><br>
Howard on 27 July 2006. Linda was just 39 years<br><br>
old. The primates never had a better friend and<br><br>
the primate abusers never had a more formidable foe.<br><br><br><br>
Despite her years of selfless struggle on behalf<br><br>
of our primate cousins, Linda had never seen a<br><br>
wild monkey. In fact she had never left the<br><br>
United States till recently. I felt she should<br><br>
have a chance to see the monkeys for whom she had<br><br>
worked so diligently for decades living in<br><br>
freedom as they were meant to live, and invited<br><br>
her to come with me to attend the International<br><br>
Primatological Society Congress held in Entebbe,<br><br>
Uganda, in late June, and to travel with me<br><br>
afterwards to see monkeys. Linda was so excited.<br><br>
She got her first passport and endured the<br><br>
battery of shots needs for travel in tropical<br><br>
Africa. We set off for Africa on 23 June. Many<br><br>
field primatologists attend these conferences to<br><br>
present their observations and Linda listened to<br><br>
their talks - and also we heard from some experimenters.<br><br><br><br>
In Uganda they still serve a soda called "Bitter<br><br>
Lemon" not available in the United States. Linda<br><br>
became addicted to this refreshing soda! She was<br><br>
also happy at the availability of good vegetarian<br><br>
food on this carnivorous continent.<br><br><br><br>
After the conference we went up to Murchison<br><br>
Falls National Park in northern Uganda. On the<br><br>
drive up we saw many baboons and every time Linda<br><br>
would insist the driver stop and we would watch<br><br>
the troop until the baboons disappeared from<br><br>
view. We saw the spectacular waterfalls and lots<br><br>
of elephants and hippos along the banks of the<br><br>
Nile. Then we went on to Jacana Lodge in the<br><br>
forested area of Queen Elizabeth Park. Our days<br><br>
there were surely one of the greatest thrill of<br><br>
Linda's life. The trees were full of exquisite<br><br>
colobus monkeys and the more elusive redtail guenons.<br><br><br><br>
One night I was in the lodge reception area and<br><br>
Linda stayed in the room. There was a knock on<br><br>
the door. Linda knew it wasn't a staff member,<br><br>
because they always knock. She opened the door<br><br>
and there stood a mother and baby baboon. It was<br><br>
as if they somehow knew there was a friend behind<br><br>
that door. The baboons made no effort to enter<br><br>
the room, they just stood there a few moments,<br><br>
and left. Linda was totally overjoyed.<br><br><br><br>
Now she has left us. I have been talking with her<br><br>
family and her husband has asked that memorial<br><br>
donations in honor of Linda be made to Cercopan<br><br>
(<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.cercopan.org)</a>, a guenon monkey sanctuary in<br><br>
Nigeria, for construction of an enclosure for<br><br>
guenons rescued from trade. IPPL and Linda's<br><br>
husband will be making the first donations in<br><br>
memory of one of our best friends and one of the<br><br>
best friends the primates ever had. If you need<br><br>
help making a memorial donation, please let us know.<br><br><br><br>
Goodbye, sweet Linda. May you rest in peace. Shirley and everyone at IPPL.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dr. Shirley McGreal, Chairwoman<br><br>
International Primate Protection League<br><br>
PO Box 766<br><br>
Summerville, SC 29484, USA<br><br>
Phone - 843-871-2280, Fax- 843-871-7988<br><br>
E-mail - <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>, Web: <a href="http://www.ippl.org" target="_blank">www.ippl.org</a><br><br><br><br>
"So long as life lasts, dashed hopes stand a<br><br>
chance. We need only get over that current<br><br>
feeling that says, 'Where there is life there<br><br>
must be hopelessness.' We must ever answer the<br><br>
question 'But what can I do?' with the<br><br>
realization that restoring the Earth, making<br><br>
things better, renews and heals us at the same time."<br><br>
* David Brower
 
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