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!


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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A Boon for API

From Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 1, Spring 2004

Published: 04/14/04

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.

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What's in the Works for Winter

From Animal Issues, Volume 34 Number 4, Winter 2003

Published: 12/14/03

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.

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What's in a Name?

From Animal Issues, Volume 34 Number 3, Fall 2003

Published: 10/14/03

Some major changes have occurred in Dilley, Texas, home of API's sanctuary for nonhuman primates. In addition to the appointment of Ned C. Buyukmihci, DVM to the position of Director, the haven also has a new name, and is now called the Animal Protection Institute Primate Sanctuary. Both of these changes reflect our commitment to providing the best possible care to the animals that live at the sanctuary.

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