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What’s the point of buying a star?
Words by Ed Cumming. Photograph by David Selander.

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  • Issue 44

What’s the point of buying a star?
Words by Ed Cumming. Photograph by David Selander.

When I was younger I adopted, with my mom’s help, a golden lion tamarin at London Zoo. I don’t remember the details, but the cost wasn’t ruinous to us. In exchange, I got the satisfaction of knowing that a little ginger monkey in Regent’s Park slept more comfortably at night.

It was a strange gesture, in hindsight. There is no way our puny contribution paid for the whole upkeep of this monkey. Not with central London prices. Still, at least it was a gesture in the right direction. Like sponsoring a donkey or “buying” a bit of rainforest or a stretch of sea,  those who give a small contribution to the tamarins are supporting a good cause, however remotely. The money might not be enough, but it goes to the right place.1

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four

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