Chimps Jill and Arthur to be Reunited for Mother’s Day

Announcements, Outdoors
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have so much to be excited about here at the sanctuary. Twenty-nine-year-old Jill will soon be reunited with her son, 17-year-old Arthur!

Though we don’t know all the details of their relationship, we know that they were separated for years in the lab and may have been separated at or soon after Arthur’s birth.

Jill and Arthur will soon have the chance to meet!

We don’t know what to expect and realize that they may not know one another as mother and son, but we can’t wait to see their reaction!

Our chimpanzee care team is carefully introducing Marlon’s group of six males (including Arthur) to Jurita’s group of ten females (including Jill) in Chimps Ahoy Villa. Soon, it will be Jill and Arthur’s turn to be in the same room together. Will they recognize one another? Will they play? Or will they ignore one another?

We don’t know, but what a special Mother’s Day reunion this may be!

Moments like this are made possible with your support, so we hope you’ll considersponsoring a chimp or sending a Project Chimps gift for Mother’s Day, upcoming graduations or summer celebrations.

Our new Project Chimps notecards and baby onesies make great gifts too. Simply scroll down to see some of our great gift options below.

You’ll be giving a gift with meaning – one that helps provide a new life for a former research chimpanzee.

Arthur is Jill’s son. The pair was separated in the lab and will soon meet in Chimps Ahoy Villa in time for Mother’s Day.
Support Arthur and Jill’s reunion by sponsoring a chimpanzee for Mother’s Day, graduation or summer celebrations
Order by Monday, May 6, and we’ll ship a special package to the mother in your life in time for Mother’s Day. Select our Mother’s Day Chimp, above, or our Celebration Chimp or Party Chimp, below.
Celebration Chimp features white flowers and a toy champagne bottle of real blowing bubbles.
Party Chimp features a colorful neck ribbon and bouquet of bright star-shaped plastic balloons.
Sponsor one of these chimpanzees!
Sponsor a Chimp Monthly starting at $23
Sponsor a Chimp Annually starting at $250
Give our New Project Chimps Note Card Set
Send your next note or gift with a keepsake chimpanzee card! This set includes 12 beautiful cards featuring four artistic double exposure images of former research chimpanzees and Blue Ridge Mountain scenes. The images were created by Project Chimps chimpanzee caregiver/photographer Crystal Alba. Each folded card measures 4.75″ x 6.25″ and the set comes in a framed paper box with envelopes included. All proceeds help the chimps!
Buy our New Baby Onesie for a New Mom or Mom-to-Be
You can support Project Chimps no matter how young you are. Our onesies are made of 100% organic cotton.
Our pink and avocado-colored onesiesare printed with environmentally friendly phthalate-free soy based inks.
Photos by Crystal Alba & Leslie Wade

Make Valentine’s Day Flowers and Plants Last Longer

Community, Outdoors

Make Valentine’s Day Flowers and Plants Last Longer

By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you are like me, you are frantically trying to decide what to give a loved one. But before you decide, please put some thought into your choice.

But first, did you know that the occasion actually started back during the Roman Empire? The poet Chaucer changed the perception with flowery poetry and turned it into one of the most popular days to give flowers. There is a lot of symbolism around the type, color, and number of flowers that are given, but rather than going into all that, I want to provide you with some ideas about the types of flowers to give and how flowers should be cared for.

Roses are the most popular flower given for Valentine’s Day, but did you realize that tulips are the second most popular? Don’t rule out giving a live plant (or even a potted flowering plant) that can be kept indoors and/or moved outside once the weather warms up. I like live plants because they can be enjoyed all year, not just on this special day, but an avid gardener might simply enjoy a gardening gift. Below are a few guidelines which will make live flowers last longer.

Water is vital. Keep the vase or floral foam soaked with water at all times. Add fresh water daily and use warm water as this speeds uptake. If the water turns cloudy, replace it immediately with fresh water. If possible, re-cut rose stems every day by removing one to two inches. Use a sharp knife and if at all possible, this cut should be made under water and at an angle as this allows the stem to draw in water instead of air.

Keep Valentine’s flowers cool. Warm temperatures shorten the life of the blooms. Avoid direct sunlight and heating vents. Did you know that warm air from ceiling fans will cause the flowers to fade, so avoid a down draft? Appliances like TV’s and computers also give off heat causing the flowers to dry out.

Use a floral trick for wilted or droopy flowers. If the flowers start to wilt, remove the stem from the arrangement and re-cut the stem. Next, submerge the entire flower in warm water. Leave it in the water for one to two hours. This treatment should perk the flowers up and extend its life for a couple of more days. This trick works well for cut roses.

Take special care of flowers wrapped in paper or a box. If you give loose stems of flowers, keep them cool as long as possible before delivering them to your loved one. If you receive loose stem flowers, fill a clean vase with water and add flower food from a florist. Follow packet instructions for mixing. Before placing the stems in the vase, remove all foliage that will be below the waterline because leaves in water promote bacterial growth which decreases the life of the flowers. Re-cutting the stems under water with a sharp knife is recommended before placing in the vase.

Potted plants and bulbs are also a popular gift. Like arrangements, keep potted flowering plants in a cool location and avoid heat drafts or dry air to make the color last longer. Most indoor plants will require even a little moisture so check the soil daily and add water if the soil is dry to the touch, but do not let the plants stand in water as this will harm the root system.

If you have any questions about caring for flowers and plants, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FYN’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway on Facebook


What is your favorite love song?

FYN’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

FYN & local businesses have put together a basket to make your Valentine’s Day Special.

Thank you to:

Ellijay’s Hometown Florist- $50 Gift Card & Valentine’s Vase

River Street Tavern- $25 Gift Card

Tea Tree’s Boutique Spa- Aroma Therapy Massage

GTC Mountain Cinemas- 2 Movie Tickets

Carrington Coffee-.$20 Gift Card

To Enter

1.  Leave a reply the Facebook post CLICK HERE and answer “What is your favorite love song?”



Entries must be in by 2/11/19

The winner will be announced by BKP on GMFTO

On Wed  2/13/19 @ 8:30AM

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