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!
This week we continued with the introduction of India, the recently rescued pig-tailed macaque, to other members of one of our macaque social groups. We opened up the door to enable Gilbert and India to go through to the enclosure shared by Florence and Justin, snow monkeys, and Joey, an older black-crested macaque. We were encouraged to watch the immediate rapport India developed with Joey. Within a short period, she was grooming him. Joey, never one to miss out on an opportunity like this, just relaxed on his back or side and enjoyed himself. It was also not long before India was playing with Justin and Florence, both of whom enjoy a good game of chase. It is so wonderful to watch these individuals playing with and grooming each other.
The hundreds of watermelons and mangoes we received last week were certainly a hit with all the monkeys.
We have just welcomed three new individuals to the Sanctuary, all of whom are former ‘pets.’ We are glad to be able to give them the opportunity to live a natural life here with others of their kind. More about them next week ...