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 wet week

Published: 08/27/08

Lots of rain this week and cooler temperatures, which made a pleasant change to the searing heat we have had for much of the summer. Many of the monkeys enjoy the rain, especially the snow monkeys, some of whom will simply sit in the open and receive a good soaking. They like to splash around in the mud and puddles. Others will seek shelter and watch from a dry position. For example, the bonnets do not like getting wet, so the rain is not fun for them. In fact, Marco, the oldest male who spent 18 years living under laboratory conditions, is very particular about the weather.

For all the monkeys, however, the rain provides fresh foraging opportunities as green shoots spring up around the Sanctuary.

Maude and Elsie have really settled in well. I enjoy watching them interact with the other monkeys in their social group. They have bonded very well and the group spends their days eating, foraging through the grass and other vegetation and grooming each other. The contrast in their behavior and physical health at their arrival and now is substantial. They are physically stronger — even Maude, who is the elder of the two, can now climb and run more easily. Both girls are bolder, more confident, and have good appetites; with a particular fondness for mangoes and avocados. They vocalize loudly when they see that the food is on the way. It is clear that they are really enjoying their new life here.

Until next week,


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