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 mixed week

Published: 09/17/08

Unlike other areas of Texas, we were very fortunate not to be affected by Hurricane Ike over the weekend. Despite rain and heavy winds being forecast, we only experienced a few dry and mildly windy days, albeit with lower temperatures. After weeks of temperatures hitting 100°F and over, there were not too many complaints from anyone as the temperatures dipped into the 80s.

Also, during the past week, we have seen a population explosion of butterflies. There are tens of thousands of different colored butterflies everywhere we turn. It is an incredible sight!

The long-tailed macaques who were recently released into a 5-acre free-range enclosure continue to do well. I like to feed them each day and spend time watching them from a distance as they enjoy their new freedom. Sometimes it is difficult to spot them as the vegetation is so dense and the monkeys are camouflaged in the trees. Then I’ll catch sight of a group sitting in a tree nearby, sometimes 5 or 6 of them spread out amongst the branches, just sitting there quietly watching me.

Our produce delivery this week looks good. We shall be receiving hundreds of watermelons and mangoes. I know that the monkeys will be delighted by this.

Until next week,


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