Open Your Heart and “Adopt” a Primate

Published: 06/13/06

They were denied the natural life and freedom that they deserved. Then they were adopted and given a new start at the API Primate Sanctuary in Texas. Now you can help ensure their future by “adopting” one of them today!

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Mortimer the Vervet

Published: 01/27/06

It is with great sadness we announce the death of one of our “adoptable” primates, Mortimer. Despite our best efforts, Mortimer’s kidneys stopped functioning, and he was unable to recover. Mortimer was 19 years old. Although every one of our API Primate Sanctuary residents is special, Mortimer had a particularly endearing character.

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API Primate Sanctuary Note Cards

In Memory of Mortimer

Published: 01/27/06

Mortimer note cardIn late 2005, API produced blank note cards featuring the story of API Primate Sanctuary resident, Mortimer. Despite Mortimer’s recent death (see the related story at, we will continue to carry the note cards in our online store. The cards represent the reason for our Sanctuary’s existence. Please let Mortimer’s story serve as a reminder that these primates are not meant to be “pets” — these animals are More Beautiful Wild.

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A New Arrival

Published: 08/01/05

There’s a new face at the API Primate Sanctuary! In June, we welcomed our latest arrival, a snow monkey called Ollie, another casualty of the exotic pet trade.

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A New Arrival for the New Year

From Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

Published: 03/30/05

At the beginning of 2005, a female snow monkey arrived at the API Primate Sanctuary. As a former "pet," Carly had been forced to spend years living in social isolation, away from others of her kind. Animal Control confiscated her from her "owner" in Nevada. Carly had been kept in a cage in a garage: no fresh air, no sunshine, no climbing structures. Photos taken show her "home": a barren, un-enriched environment, the metal grid floor of which was covered with her waste, rotten food, and dirty blankets.

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The Year That Was

From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 4, Winter 2004

Published: 12/30/04

As 2004 draws to a close, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the progress and achievements that have taken place at the API Primate Sanctuary over the past year.

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Movin’ on Up

From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 3, Fall 2004

Published: 09/30/04

Life is always changing at the API Primate Sanctuary. In the last few Animal Issues, we’ve shared with you reports about new developments at the Sanctuary, as well as information about our rehabilitation process and facility improvement projects (more construction is underway!). Now we’d like to take a moment to update readers about the very latest Sanctuary news.

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A Natural Life, A Gradual Process

From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 2, Summer 2004

Published: 06/30/04

As many Animal Issues readers know, the API Primate Sanctuary is dedicated to providing the most natural life possible to the residents in our care. One of the ways we accomplish this goal is by rehabilitating animals once kept in unnatural situations as "pets," in research facilities, or in roadside zoos.

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