Our first cold front hit in late October and all the monkeys fared well. This is the time of year when their bodies start acclimating to cooler weather and shorter days. Their coats thicken and they become even more interested in fatty foods such as peanuts and sunflower seeds in an effort to lay on some extra insulation.
It seemed a little strange to be placing hay in sleeping quarters and checking heaters while sweating in 90-degree heat under a bright, blue, south Texas sky, but that’s exactly what we did today. The first true cold front of the season is on its way and is due to hit the sanctuary tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to hit the low 40s or upper 30s — a difference of almost 50 degrees from day to night. With the monkeys still in summer mode, this first front will be a little hard on them, so we’re taking some time to make it as easy on them as possible.
Born Free USA’s Lorry Marvin Exchanges Smiles With an ‘Ex-Pet’ Monkey
Come walk in my shoes as I tell another tale from my visit to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.
Upon our arrival on a muggy Sunday afternoon in Dilley, Texas, all I wanted to do was run to the nearest enclosure and start snapping pictures of these captivating monkeys! I stifled my excitement long enough to introduce myself to the very generous and accommodating sanctuary staff, drop my luggage in the pleasantly air-conditioned volunteer trailer, and change into clothing more suitable for the uneven earth and blaring sun. Then it was time!
Born Free USA’s Lorry Marvin Can See the Primates Are in Good Hands
The action continues as I regale you with another tale from my visit to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary!
Because our sanctuary is not open to the public, I want to share a few highlights of the amazing (and backbreaking) work that goes on down there with a series of blogs. And if you want to help the monkeys, consider making a donation to the sanctuary. I can say for sure that every cent goes a long way toward giving our sanctuary residents the best care possible!
Born Free USA’s Lorry Marvin Watches Chatter Explore His New Digs
Being a development associate with Born Free USA involves a lot of time indoors, behind a computer. One of my responsibilities here is to help raise money for our 500 primates living as free as they can be at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary — so I jumped at the chance to get outside (in the hot Texas heat, no less) to help the sanctuary’s director, Tim Ajax, and his crew care for the primates for a week. It was hard work, but so rewarding!
You never know how long it might take. You never know for certain what the right trigger will be. For many, it’s as simple as a change of environment and the opportunity to forge new alliances. For others, the road can be difficult and long.
This summer has turned out to be abnormally humid, although the temperatures have been comparatively moderate. Everything remains lush from the rains we received from hurricane Alex and a tropical storm that followed shortly after. While the Rio Grande Valley suffered from flooding, we made it through with a few inches of rain which hit at just the right time to keep everything growing. All-in-all, the conditions are just right for our residents, which include some exciting new arrivals!
When one door closes, another one opens, and the transition can be a wonderful thing. Following the closing of an East Coast pharmaceutical laboratory, 15 long-tailed macaques received a second chance at life — a peaceful retirement at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. They arrived on Saturday, July 17, safe and sound after a 1,700-mile journey. The monkeys, all males weighing between 9 and 15 pounds and younger than 6 (long-tail macaques can live up to 30 years), initially were evaluated in temporary cages in a climate-controlled room. Soon after, Sanctuary Director Tim Ajax began the slow, delicate task of transitioning the rescues to a 5-acre enclosure with trees, grass and lots of other macaques.
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