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Eighteen years ago, I was working at an international animal rescue charity in Boston and was involved in a campaign to rescue captive chimpanzees in the African rainforest. Mokolo was the first of them. As a baby he’d been sold to a German couple who adored him and let him eat at the breakfast table. But when they left Africa, they gave him away and his growing size meant growing danger. When our rescue team found him in a remote community, he was living chained to an outhouse with the family dog as his only companion. It was painful for the rescuers to bid him goodbye as they went off to arrange an official confiscation, the paperwork for which would take several weeks. Mokolo wrapped his little arms tightly around Garry’s neck as his rescuer whispered, “I’ll be back”.

On the day the rescuers returned, armed guards stood by as a sledge hammer was used to knock away the bolt securing Mokolo’s chain to the outhouse. Mokolo helped hold the chain, looking back and forth between his rescuers and the man using the hammer. In the instant he was free, he jumped into Garry’s arms and wouldn’t let go.

Today, 18 years later, Mokolo is thriving. He lives at the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon where he is surrounded by others of his kind in a natural habitat. His rescue was the very inspiration for the Harmony Fund. After all, if a chimpanzee chained to a toilet in a backyard in the middle of the African rainforest can be saved, then ANYTHING is possible. And that is the very basis on which the Harmony Fund operates today. We are devoted to achieving the impossible and to serving underdog animal rescue squads in poor parts of the world. Tonight, your donations will help to rescue other chimpanzees like Mokolo and to give them the food, medicine and round-the-clock caretakers they need to heal. We believe in miracles and we hope you do too.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this story and to support our mission. – Laura Simpson, Harmony Fund Founder

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The Great Animal Rescue Chase celebrates the art of animal rescue with a worldwide race to rescue one million. It’s a free event, open to all, and is perhaps the only global animal rescue event aimed at helping any animal in distress, anywhere in the world. Our ambition is to create a culture of enthusiasm and pride in animal activism. We believe in teaching, by example, that there is a hero in each of us just waiting to be unleashed. Empowered animal lovers can not only save lives, but build the momentum for powerful animal welfare reform.

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