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Jim Cronin

Jim Cronin was the founder of Monkey World in Dorset in 1987. In 2006 he was awarded an honory MBE in 2006 and sadly died at the age of 55 in 2007 following a battle against liver cancer.  One of my colleagues at M&M timber, Antony,  knew him as we supplied some play equipment (for the children not the monkeys) about 20 years ago. The equipment is still there. I recall Antony calling Jim the mad American and he held him in high regard. This statue at monkey world is a fine memorial to a man who devoted so much time and energy to the rescue of apes and monkeys from the mistreatment by humans. His wife Dr Alison Cronin carries on the work and Monkey World is well worth a visit.

Jim Cronin

Jim Cronin was the founder of Monkey World in Dorset in 1987. In 2006 he was awarded an honory MBE in 2006 and sadly died at the age of 55 in 2007 following a battle against liver cancer.  One of my colleagues at M&M timber, Antony,  knew him as we supplied some play equipment (for the children not the monkeys) about 20 years ago. The equipment is still there. I recall Antony calling Jim the mad American and he held him in high regard. This statue at monkey world is a fine memorial to a man who devoted so much time and energy to the rescue of apes and monkeys from the mistreatment by humans. His wife Dr Alison Cronin carries on the work and Monkey World is well worth a visit.

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 May 2013, 01:28
Really good stuff, Bill...but, what a pity they couldn't afford to buy all the bronze for the sculpture...
Bill Phillips: Times are hard Ray.
This is a magnificent bronze sculpture Bill... Jim Cronin's good works will go on for many more years... this is a fine tribute my friend....petersmile
Bill Phillips: I found it moving. His wife is doing a wonderful job of carrying on his work
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 May 2013, 05:00
What a wonderful bronze. It shows the affection to each other.
Thanks for the info.
Bill Phillips: I found it very moving.
Isn't it strange how you get to look like the people whom you work and live with.

Yes, good stuff Billiam.
Bill Phillips: They say people get to look like their pets. If this is true old Tiff could b in trouble
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 May 2013, 06:29
Thank you for this. Monkey World is near the Tank museum I seem to recall
Bill Phillips: It is indeed. That is also well worth a visit
A fine tribute to the Man
Bill Phillips: It is the hand reaching out to him that I really found moving
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 May 2013, 08:24
Monkeys... children... The only difference is that monkeys are less obnoxious smile it's a fine memorial to someone so passionate; long may his work continue, although without him, of course.
Bill Phillips: I like children but couldn't eat two
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 7 May 2013, 08:42
I presumed that this was Mike Jackson.
Bill Phillips: Never presume anything
Love this sculpture for the artist's depiction of the warmth in the man's face. Interesting way to make busts though - floating.
Bill Phillips: It is unusual but I really liked it and was quite moved by it
Such an interesting statue - I really like the point of view you chose - to show his face. Interesting info!
Bill Phillips: He was a great bloke from what I have heard
This is a nice sculpture isn't it. We took our two to Monkey World many years ago in its early days, I seem to recall it was an interesting day out.
Bill Phillips: It has grown quite a bit Brian and is worth a visit again
A fine sculpture with great visual detail. The man's half of it looks suspended in air!
Bill Phillips: It is an unusual stature but I really like it
Quite a moving tribute Bill!
Bill Phillips: It is Richard. He was a very nice bloke by all accounts
What a fine sculpture--it shows the commonality of primates...
Bill Phillips: I sometimes think we were a step back in some waysgrin
A fine memorial, Bill.
A great capture and presentation Bill.

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