Tim Ajax

Jan 2012 Rescue

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!


Mississippi Macaque Rescued!

Published: 01/25/12

More January 2012 Rescue images
The macaque before his rescue.
(Photo courtesy of HSUS)

A monkey in Mississippi, long subjected to absolute misery in a cage, on Jan. 25, 2012, began an incredible journey toward living in open spaces along with members of his own species at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

Our friends at The Humane Society of the United States came across this adult male rhesus macaque after conducting an undercover investigation of the Collins Zoo, where they documented deplorable conditions. The monkey — currently unnamed — was confined to a small cage (watch him frantically pace in the tiny enclosure). Lions, tigers and other exotic animals exhibited signs of malnourishment and neglect, and venomous snakes were held in unsecured enclosures. A black wolf, whom the investigator pointed out to zoo owners as needing veterinary care, was not treated and a few days later died.

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Authorities Swarm Mississippi Facility to Rescue 11 Animals

Published: 01/25/12

More January 2012 Rescue images
The macaque is sedated Jan. 25,
2012, the day of his rescue.
(Photo courtesy of HSUS)

(The following is a news release issued Jan. 25, 2012, by the Humane Society of the United States, which coordinated the rescue effort in which the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is assuming lifetime care of an adult rhesus macaque.)

The Humane Society of the United States joined with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation and Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary to rescue 11 exotic animals from the Collins Zoo, an unaccredited roadside facility.

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