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!
The arrival of India, a female pig-tailed macaque, caused quite a stir this week. Kept as a “pet,” she was confiscated from her “owners.” We have housed her in an introduction pen next to one of our mixed macaque social groups, which includes Gilbert, Teddy, and Justin. Gilbert was beside himself with excitement and approached India straight away. He chattered to her, eager to make contact through the fence. Although she was slightly apprehensive at first, it wasn’t long before India and Gilbert were playfully touching each other. She did the same with Teddy. It shouldn’t be too long before she will be able to join them.
Logan has been with us for over a week. He is settling in to his new surroundings although he remains slightly withdrawn. This is not surprising considering he has never socialized with another monkey. To help bring him out of himself, we have introduced him to Frankie, a young playful snow monkey, who had shown an interest in Logan. We are hopeful that Frankie’s friendly disposition and his companionship will help Logan.
We had a great food delivery this week, including around 3000 mangos. We also received hundreds of bags of green onions, a firm favorite with all the monkeys.
Until next week,