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!

Rehabilitation updates

Published: 08/20/08

India and Gilbert have bonded well. They spend a lot of time together, eating, playing and grooming each other. I never tire of watching them together. India has also established a good relationship with Teddy and Zach. Her confidence is growing and she has become bolder and more vocal.

Video clips of India and Gilbert are available for your viewing:

Logan, too, is becoming more active and vocal. Frankie has made a number of playful advances to him to which he has responded in a positive way. This is encouraging.

The rehabilitation of the group of long-tailed macaques who were retired from research has gone well. They have been with us for three months and the difference in their behavior is heartwarming. They are ready for their final step — living freely in a natural environment. We are working towards releasing them into their own multi-acre enclosure and hope to be able to do this in the next few weeks. I am really excited about this. After years of living in metal cages, many essentially in social isolation, it will be wonderful to enable them to finally live a natural life.

Until next week,


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