Gloria Grow is the Founder and Director of Canada’s only chimpanzee sanctuary—the Fauna Foundation in Montreal. In 1997, Fauna was the first sanctuary in the world to accept HIV infected chimpanzees retired and rescued from the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP) in upper state New York.
Gloria attended the Nash Academy of Animal Sciences and owned a dog grooming business for 15 years. Upon turning 40, she determined she wanted to do more meaningful work in animal protection, a feeling reinforced by a 1996 Animal Rights march she attended in Washington, DC. Gloria decided to participate in a project called Caring for Chimpanzees run by Dr. Roger and Deborah Fouts, at the Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute. Within days of arriving, Gloria decided that she would build Canada's first sanctuary for chimpanzees from biomedical research.
Gloria currently serves as Co-chair of Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, a NEAVS campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in research. She co-authored two papers on the psychological effects of captivity and research on chimpanzees. Gloria is a Trustee of the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR) and is a founding member of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.
Gloria has served in consultative, advisory board and practical capacities for other chimpanzee sanctuaries and facilities, including
Ms. Grow has made numerous presentation in Canada, the USA and Europe on topics including her most popular, In Their Own Words: Stories of Chimpanzees Rescued from Research. She is a charismatic speaker featured internationally and in the US across the media. . She has appeared in PBS, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery documentaries and over 34 major newspapers have repeatedly interviewed Gloria. Her expertise continues in the forefront, underscored in distinguished media including ABC News, Reuters Associated Press, National Geographic News and Nature Magazine.
With vision and determination, Gloria created a world-renowned sanctuary that provides retirement to biomedical research chimpanzees and other abused, abandoned and rescued animals from research, farming, the pet industry, education and other forms of institutionalized use. The Fauna chimpanzees have specific medical, emotional and social needs. Many display psychological and emotional behaviors much like that of humans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to being the sanctuary director, Gloria serves the chimps as daily and medical caregiver, therapist, friend and family.