Tim Ajax

Sanctuary Blog

by Tim Ajax, Director

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary


Some people monkey around a little, some people monkey around a lot, and then there's Tim. He's a prince among primates, presiding over hundreds of fellow bipeds in the often-brutal Texas outdoors. There's no ape escape for Tim and his crew, but no matter. They love to help macaques, baboons and vervets live out their lives with as much freedom as possible. And like peeling a banana, Tim's blogs take you to the good stuff inside — with a steady supplement of Texas weather updates, of course!


Sanctuary evenings

Published: 07/16/08

After a week of regular rain showers, the Sanctuary has turned a nice shade of green. With the cooler temperatures, the monkeys have been active throughout the day, foraging, eating, playing with and chasing each other. But, now we’re back into the dry heat and they are spending their afternoons seeking shade and sleeping among the trees and other vegetation in the enclosures.

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Rain at last

Published: 07/09/08

Well, we certainly received plenty of rain this week. What a refreshing respite to the weeks of dry and hot weather. Green shoots of vegetation are now springing up all over the Sanctuary and the monkeys are enjoying eating it and foraging. Certain individuals, like Boon, will pull out clumps of grass and put them straight into their mouths. Others, like the bonnet macaques, will delicately pick away at the root clump before peeling back the outer layer and eating the root.

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Latest videos from the Sanctuary

Published: 07/02/08

To catch the latest goings-on at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary click on these links:

Watch our resident group of longtail macaques, recently retired after spending years living in laboratory cages, enjoying a refreshing treat of watermelons at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary:

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Watermelon feast

Published: 07/02/08

Although there was a slight chance of rain this week, it remained hot and dry. There was no more nutritious or refreshing way to deal with the hot June afternoons here in South Texas than to hand out watermelons. We were fortunate to receive a number of yellow ones this week much to everyone’s delight. Although not enough for 500 monkeys, those individuals living in the semi-natural enclosures all enjoyed large slices. For everyone else, there weren’t too many complaints as we had plenty of strawberries to go around.

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Arrivals, Adoptions, and an Online Diary

From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 2, Summer 2008

Published: 06/30/08

It has been a busy time at the Primate Sanctuary. New arrivals Maude and Elsie continue to do well (see their story here). They are making friends with the other monkeys and seem to especially enjoy the varied diet of fresh fruit and vegetables we provide for all the monkeys.

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Rescuing Animals, Worldwide

From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 2, Summer 2008

Published: 06/30/08

“Keep Wildlife in the Wild” is more than just a slogan. It’s the bedrock philosophy of Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute and our colleagues at the UK-based Born Free Foundation. Together, the global Born Free family works tirelessly to save animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.

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Enjoying water

Published: 06/25/08

In their natural habitat, many primate species will swim and play in water. Yet, for most monkeys in research laboratories, the only water they know is in the form of a small tube that must be licked in order to get a small amount of water at a time.

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Mesquite bounty

Published: 06/11/08

It has been a hot and humid week, broken up with an unfortunately brief shower of rain. As a result, spending time in the water and eating ice cubes have been popular past times for many of the monkeys. For others, the availability of mesquite beans has been enthusiastically welcomed.

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