Ok, it's too late to get the certificate delivered on time, but you can print out the receipt and stick it in your valentine card--especially if you're all last minute about these things like me.
Here's the message that the Jane Goodall Institute asked me to share with you:
Chimpanzees share about 98 percent of human DNA and express emotions including affection in many of the same ways we do. They hug, kiss, tickle young ones, and pat each other on the back in greeting. Unfortunately, we don’t know how chimps might feel about Valentine’s Day. But we do know that, while courting, males take females to remote areas on consortships that can last weeks—sort of a chimp version of a honeymoon.
The Jane Goodall Institutes Chimp Guardian program helps support our Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. At the Center, orphaned chimpanzees sleep in spacious enclosures and have large areas of secured forest and grasslands to roam by day. By exploring the natural habitat together, they develop the social skills necessary for their well-being.
Thank you for your helping us to create a world in which our children and grandchildren will see chimpanzees thriving in the wild.
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