It’s getting near the time of year when the monkeys really start to enjoy water. As the days get warmer, the monkeys make the most of the pools in their enclosures — chasing each other, jumping in, splashing around, and swimming. The snow monkeys especially enjoy water and those who live in our 56-acre enclosure have two large ponds in which to play. They climb onto nearby tree branches and use them like diving boards jumping into the water.
Another busy week! We have been building dens from freshly pruned tree branches for some of the semi-natural enclosures. These provide the monkeys with additional natural enrichment.
Spring has arrived at last! The Sanctuary is beginning to turn a nice shade of green. It won’t be long before there is lush foliage in all the monkey enclosures.
At last! After years spent in a research laboratory, Maude and Elsie, two middle-aged female rhesus macaques, have a brighter future to look forward to. They have just begun a new life at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.
From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 1, Spring 2008
Historically, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary has been home to just one species of macaque — the Japanese macaque or snow monkey. Over the past couple of years, however, we have out of unfortunate necessity expanded our population to include other species of macaques. This is because of the large number of monkeys who need to be rescued, coupled with a dwindling number of available homes. As a result, we now have rhesus, long-tailed, pig-tailed, bonnet and crested black macaques.
From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 4, Winter 2007
In the Fall 2007 Animal Issues, we reported on the sad case of Justin, a young, ex-“pet,” male snow monkey. Although initially overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Justin settled in quickly at our Sanctuary. It was not long before he started to vocalize with Teddy, Zach, and Gilbert, three young, male macaques, also ex-“pets,” who lived next to him.
From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 3, Fall 2007
Justin, a young male snow monkey, has become the latest resident to join the API Primate Sanctuary.
At the API Primate Sanctuary, macaques, vervets, and baboons rescued from abuse and exploitation get a second chance at a more natural life. The Sanctuary’s Adopt a Primate program lets you give the Sanctuary residents the gift of a bright tomorrow by “adopting” one of them today.
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