Born Free USA Blog
by Adam M Roberts,
Chief Executive Officer
When it comes to animals, Adam Roberts not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. Since beginning his animal advocacy career in Washington, D.C. in 1991, Adam's ambition, tireless involvement, and profound knowledge of conservation and wildlife issues have cemented him as a go-to voice for protecting animals — and he has elevated Born Free USA to the respected and impactful organization that we know today. Adam's compassionate, informed, and forward-thinking blogs will surely motivate you to join us in our fight to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
One of the most special days in Born Free USA’s history has arrived. We are ready, and we are excited!
Today the first batch of more than 100 monkeys from the Wild Animal Orphanage arrives at our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas. Last year we struck a deal to provide lifetime care for the macaques (and one baboon) after the WAO went bankrupt. In the eight months since, Director Tim Ajax and the rest of our sanctuary’s staff members have been working extra hard to build enclosures and make all the other necessary preparations for the WAO monkeys’ arrival.
The agreement, which represents one of the largest macaque rescues (if not the largest) in U.S. history, has tremendous financial ramifications for our organization. We are committed to providing abundant nutritional food, spacious and recreationally rich enclosures, and a minimum of human involvement (by our highly trained and devoted staff) so that the monkeys can live out their lives as naturally as is possible. None of that is cheap, and we do not cut corners.
One of our greatest challenges will be to keep our soon-to-be-600-plus residents comfortable in what can be extreme weather conditions. Last year, for example, the region suffered through a crippling heat wave and drought. We do all we can to provide ample shade and water, but again, tremendous expenses are involved.
So as we bring you updates about today’s 10 WAO arrivals on our sanctuary’s Facebook page, in our photo gallery and elsewhere, please consider making a donation to our Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund to help us in this endeavor — one of the most significant things we will ever do. Thank you for your support.