GIVING ANIMALS A VOICE SO THAT WE DON’T SPEAK FOR THEM
with animals in sanctuaries and enable caretakers and veterinarians to integrate intuitive communication in their practice.
in scientific studies on all that interspecies intuitive communication can bring to animals… and to humans.
to the wellbeing of animals by spreading our pilot project to other conservation centres, animal parks and shelters.
A PROJECT AT THE CORE OF A KEY ISSUE
Approached in December 2019 by the veterinarian of an African rehabilitation sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees that have fallen victim to poaching, we conducted a two-year pilot programme of remote intuitive communication with the animals taken in at the sanctuary.
Veterinarians and caretakers say they are confronted with ” wordless ” orphans whose behavioural and emotional disorders are difficult to understand.
The sanctuary and Intuiteurs Sans Frontières have decided to explore the contribution of interspecies intuitive communication to best accompany chimpanzees, residing at the sanctuary, in the process of being released or released.
Ourprogramme Our programme comes at a key moment when the cohabitation of humans and wild animals is a burning issue. Rewilding is becoming a major concern.
Releasing wild animals raises questions: is it possible to release into the Wild animals that have lived for a long time in contact with humans? How can we improve the lives of these animals in animal parks, shelters and conservation and rehabilitation centres? How can we improve the lives of these animals in animal parks, shelters and conservation and rehabilitation centres?
The integration of intuitive communication in professional structures that care for animals began many years ago but remains extremely low-profile.
The sanctuary managers with whom we have workedwish to remain discreet about our actions and the observed effects of our collaboration while awaiting scientific advancesin this field.
Understanding this concern, we have ensured the anonymity of the human and chimpanzee actors with whom our team has collaborated for two years.
In order to explain the caution that animates the organizations running animal rescue centers, it is necessary to understand that intuitive communication has not yet been officially recognized by the academic scientific community, including veterinary medicine.
However, intuitive communication is used discreetly by some veterinarians, and for a long time by some professionals, for example in the equestrian field, as a complement to the actions of veterinarians and equine osteopaths.
In the field
Since January 2020, four communicators from Intuiteurs Sans Frontières – called the Intuiteurs – have been communicating remotely from France with more than twenty chimpanzees, both living at the sanctuary and in the forest.
Our collaboration with the sanctuary has now grown into a close cooperation between the veterinarians and caretakers, the Intuiteurs and the chimpanzees. These communications have helped to assist young orphans on their arrival at the sanctuary, to alleviate some behavioral problems, and to accompany adult chimpanzees in the process of their release and follow them in their new life in the forest.
The reality in the field meant that the complexity of the ecosystem had to be taken into account: the chimpanzees in the sanctuary, the released chimpanzees, the wild chimpanzees, the other wild animals in the area, the staff members, the villagers in the vicinity and the local stakeholders.
This context has required a significant investment of time and multiple and specific expertise to accompany the sanctuary and the chimpanzees in an ecosystem under increasing human pressure.
From the first intuitive communications conducted remotely from France, we discover the diversity and singularity of the individual concerns of each chimpanzee:
A chimpanzee who arrived at the sanctuary after heavy trauma wants to stay with humans, a young adult has an irrepressible thirst for freedom, a chimpanzee who was released many years ago and is the leader of his group, is unsettled by the power games between fellow chimpanzees, while the oldest member of the group warns of human pressures in the forest…
Thanks to the insights gained from the chimpanzees through these communications, the veterinarians and caretakers have been able to observe significant behavioural changes and progress. These communications have also helped them to adjust some of their decisions and actions.
towards a pioneering programme
Many intuitive communicators are already involved with animals, but these actions are hardly publicised. Many animal practitioners hesitate to speak publicly about their use of this subtle method of communication. Today, we have decided to do so with our programme“Giving animals a voice so that we don’t speak for them”.
LINES OF ACTION
AXIS 1 - SUPPORT THROUGH INTUITIVE COMMUNICATION
To continue to communicate with animals in order to understand them better.
Through this dialogue with them, to contribute to their well-being and to enable animal caretakers and veterinarians to integrate intuitive communication into their practice.
To listen and hear what they think of this cohabitation on the planet.
AXIS 2 - SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION
Participate in scientific research on the benefits of interspecies intuitive communication for animals… and for humans.
From May 2022, we have the opportunity to initiate a unique collaboration in the framework of our programme with international researchers exploring intuitive communication. We are confident that this scientific cooperation will contribute to raise awareness of interspecies intuitive communication among animal care practitioners.
AXIS 3 - SPREADING AND EDUCATION
This pilot experiment is intended to be disseminated in France and throughout the world to animal parks, refuges, and conservation and rehabilitation centres.
Our objective is to create a reproducible and adaptable model. Our ambition is to make intuitive inter-species communication accessible to all those in charge of animals, whether domestic, farmed or wild. In order to share the wealth of this extraordinary adventure with the general public, young and old, we will propose various awareness and educational activities.
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“As soon as I started working with the chimpanzees, I quickly realized that there was a psychological dimension to them that was very present and also very powerful.
On many occasions I found myself in front of an orphan who had his eyes craving for questions and his heart filled with infinite sadness, without having the means to answer them, leaving me completely powerless.
Inter-species communication, for the very first time, made me discover that there is another way to try to understand them better.
All the work we’ve already done together has shown me how this can help chimpanzees. It is a new door that opens to us to better accompany chimpanzees on their path to rehabilitation.”
To me, animal communication brings a complementary dimension to veterinary medicine. Animal care are not only based on science but must be “felt” as well. And with chimpanzees even more!
I would say that it is necessary to learn to vibrate with them to take better care of them and especially that they let us take care of them. It is not the human who looks after them or bring them care who has to decide: it is them. And only them.
I believe that this new dimension that Intuiteurs sans Frontières brings is a key and even a gift, to better understand them, better care for them, better save them, while vibrating on their side”
The anonymity of the sanctuary’s humans and chimpanzees was maintained for privacy reasons.
Much gratitude to Marie Le Chevallier, our webdesigner, and to Océane Goanec for the film editing.
We also wish to thank the authors of the images that enabled us to illustrate the intention of this program.
Royalty-free images : Mohammed Ajwad, Marcel Langthim, Zdeněk Macháček.
Copyright images:Pedro Bigeriego, ‘Andy333’, Sergey Uryadnikov.
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