Book Review of Her Name is Missy

Her Name is Missy, Wildlife, Chimp Rescue, Liberia

 

Her Name is Missy, Wildlife, Chimp Rescue, LiberiaHer Name is Missy

By Gail Gillespie-Fox, with Graham Spence

Published December 2016

First Edition

261 Pages

Available on Amazon.com

Summary

‘I climbed into bed and just watched Missy sleeping for most of the night. At one stage I woke up and went to get her some milk. It was the last time I would ever do that.”

Missy’s story unfolds in the height of the 2015 Ebola epidemic, in Monrovia, Liberia. For the most part, her story’s beginning is not unlike that of thousands of other precious wild animals who are savagely slaughtered for bushmeat, or snatched from the breasts of their freshly murdered mothers for resale to the most despicable of all creatures on our planet – human beings.

However, while Missy’s story is one that reveals all aspects of human depravity, ignorance and fear, it also testifies to the power of love and the capacity human beings have to make a difference and to write miracle endings in the face of impossible adversity.

The author, Gail Gillespie-Fox makes no apologies for her fierce opposition to the illegal slaughter, trade, and abuse of animals. Her account of the life-changing journey she and Missy shared is so authentic that it’s impossible for the reader to not love Missy too. As I read this book, I shared Gail’s joy and her love for Missy. Her sheer anguish and determination was palpable as she tried against all odds to make sure that Missy would live to see the sunset every day. In the face of great danger and uncertainty, she never lost sight (or hope) of her purpose to unite Missy with ‘her own kind’ in a safe, natural environment.

I loved this book and I confess that at times, I wished I had never started reading it. Gail shares: “She was as delightful as a mischievous toddler. She had taken my heart. I was not sure if I would ever get it back.”

Every reader of this book should be warned that you might just share the same fate. Gail’s honest portrayal of Missy’s personality and trust will steal your heart too. For this reason, the end will tear your heart out and as I sobbed in bed beside my sleeping husband last night, my heart ached for Gail, for Missy and for the unthinkable suffering and trauma my own species is capable of. A part of me is sorry that I know this now because I dislike humans even more than I did before.

Who Should Read This Book?

Whether you are an animal lover or not, you should read this book. Not just because our silence endorses the atrocities committed by our species against those that we have stewardship over, but because this is every bit as much about the future of our own species. Our survival is inextricably linked to that of other living creatures. As we perpetrate the imminent extinction of Missy, her fellows, and so many other creatures, we are inevitably engineering our own demise.

If you only read one book this year, this should be it. It is a triumphant true story of unequivocal love and a testimony to the difference we can make when we care enough. It is a call to action and I dare you to accept. Even if you can’t be involved in the front lines, you can add your voice.

You can add your voice and share the story of Missy and others who are in present danger by visiting Gail’s Facebook page: For Missy and her Chimp Friends. Your support matters.

Without Gail’s voice and unyielding determination to honour her promise to a defenceless animal, this book’s title could well have been ‘Her Name was Missy.’

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It has been scientifically proven that humans can process images twice as quickly as written content. It has been said that we can process an image, and its meaning, in less than the blink of an eye. This alone is a good reason to maximise your message with the use of images and graphics.

Colour

Colour is another huge factor. Since the beginning of time, our species has associated aspects of life and survival with specific colours. For instance, red is associated with danger and fire. Blue is synonymous with water, the sky and oceans. Traditionally, colours were stereotyped – pink for girls, blue for boys, and so on. However, we live in an age where colour is pivotal to experiencing and expressing everything around us, and thankfully, all colours belong to all people:-).

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Essentially, we are wired to respond to visual content. More importantly, we remember visual information more easily. From a marketing perspective, this is crucial. I am not saying that written content is obsolete (of course not! I am a writer:-). No, I am simply saying that graphics are equally important when trying to convey a message. Warning signs work, because we can quickly see, process and apply the visual information. Road signs are the same – we know that some signs with different shapes and colours represent different kinds of information. So, we process them accordingly, without a second thought.

Infographics are magical images that make modern marketing and design exciting and highly effective. They are visually appealing tools for explaining, summarising and presenting concepts. Now, processes and products are conveyed quickly and concisely in ways that are memorable.

 

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