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 great week for the monkeys. We received hundreds of avocados, something all enjoy. The longtail macaques, in particular, were very excited and chattered to each other as they watched me, from a ‘safe’ place in the trees, putting out the fruit for them. In their enthusiasm, some of them even started to venture down from the trees before I had disappeared from their view. I will never tire of watching them sitting high up in the trees or running through the long grass after knowing the awful life they once lived in metal cages.
Loekey, the young male snow monkey who recently arrived, has settled in well and has been making playful contact with Frankie, who lives in the next enclosure with Logan. We decided to open up the door between the two enclosures to enable them to be together. Frankie immediately rushed through. After some initial nose contact, the two started playing with each other. It was wonderful to watch. Later in the day, they were grooming each other. Logan was more cautious and although he and Loekey have vocalized to each other, we have yet to see them make contact. We are hopeful that this will happen in the near future.
Until next week,