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!

Maude and Elsie

Published: 04/03/08

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.

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Meet the Macaques

From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 1, Spring 2008

Published: 03/31/08

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.

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A Better Quality of Life

From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 4, Winter 2007

Published: 12/31/07

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.

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Our Newest Resident

From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 3, Fall 2007

Published: 09/30/07

Justin, a young male snow monkey, has become the latest resident to join the API Primate Sanctuary.

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“Adopt” a Primate

Published: 08/20/07

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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Seasonal Report

From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 2, Summer 2007

Published: 06/30/07

Spring arrived in a burst of rainfall. Within days, the Sanctuary became green and lush and covered in wild flowers. This was a welcome respite after many months of extremely dry and barren conditions. The monkeys were certainly happy as the green foliage provided opportunities for foraging and exploration.

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Watch Sanctuary monkeys in action

Published: 04/02/07

Watch the latest goings on at the API Primate Sanctuary in these new video clips. See how our residents spend their days enjoying their lives in our natural, multi-acre, free-range enclosures. One of their favorite pastimes is playing in the water. Watch as some of the primates make a splash in one of our favorite video clips.


New Arrivals at the API Primate Sanctuary

From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 1, Spring 2007

Published: 03/31/07

Two young rhesus monkeys who were kept as family “pets” arrived at the Sanctuary in recent months.

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