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!


Arrivals, Adoptions, and an Online Diary

From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 2, Summer 2008

Published: 06/30/08

It has been a busy time at the Primate Sanctuary. New arrivals Maude and Elsie continue to do well (see their story here). They are making friends with the other monkeys and seem to especially enjoy the varied diet of fresh fruit and vegetables we provide for all the monkeys.

Spring saw the re-launch of the Primate Sanctuary’s Adoption Program. Individuals in the program are:

  • Noelle, an 8-year-old vervet who was emotionally disturbed when she arrived at the Sanctuary after years of being forced to live an unnatural life as a “pet.”
  • Carly, a snow monkey who led a particularly sad and lonely existence in a small metal cage in a garage before she was confiscated by Animal Control.
  • Boon, a 16-year-old baboon kept as a “pet” who arrived at the Sanctuary in a poor mental and physical state after living a life of boredom and isolation.
  • Mig, a lively 2-year-old bonnet macaque who arrived at the Sanctuary in 2006 as part of a group of bonnet macaques, including members of her family, after being retired from the research industry.

Despite their unfortunate start in life, all these individuals have flourished and are enjoying their new lives thanks to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

Your adoption donation of $52 — that’s just $1 a week — makes a real difference in the lives of these very special animals as well as in the lives of all our Sanctuary residents. When you “adopt” one of these wonderful individuals, you will receive a package that includes:

  • a framed photo of your adopted monkey
  • a personalized certificate of adoption
  • a biography of your monkey
  • a special Born Free USA commemorative gift
  • Primate Post — a periodic newsletter providing you with updates on your adopted primate as well as information about the Sanctuary’s other residents and activities.

How Can I Adopt? To “adopt” a primate, click here or contact Diana at (916) 447-3085 x215 or development@bornfreeusa.org.

The introduction of our new online Sanctuary diary, “Primate Postings,” gives you the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest goings on at the Sanctuary. Each week there will be a new posting and photograph that will offer an insight into life here at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. We will be providing interesting snippets of information on the day to day lives of our primate residents, along with updates on the activities of individual monkeys. We will also announce the arrival of newly rescued monkeys, their rehabilitation, and progress. You can “visit” the monkeys at www.bornfreeusa.org/sanctuary.


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