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!
In Memory of Mortimer
In 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 www.api4primates.org), 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.
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.
From Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005
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.
From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 4, Winter 2004
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.
From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 3, Fall 2004
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.
From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 2, Summer 2004
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.
From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 1, Spring 2004
When he arrived at API last fall, Boon — a male olive baboon — was frightened and withdrawn. His fear was understandable — after all, the Sanctuary was quite a change for him. Boon had spent the previous 12 years of his life as a "pet," living in a small, barren, and dark enclosure attached to a garage. When his "owners" decided they no longer wanted Boon, API agreed to give him a permanent home at our Primate Sanctuary.
From Animal Issues, Volume 34 Number 4, Winter 2003
Wintertime is a special time in south Texas, home of the API Primate Sanctuary. The days turn crisp and clear, and the evenings are even more so. Some nights, the sky seems to overflow with stars. The more than 400 Sanctuary residents enjoy the season in peace in their spacious, free-range enclosures. After all they've been through — the cruelty of laboratory cages, the confinement of roadside zoos and private possession — they thrive in the freedom the Sanctuary provides.