Tim Ajax

The WAO Group

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!

The First Batch of WAO Macaques Arrives!

Published: 07/26/12

Here's how the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) Group rescue's first stage unfolded, as told by sanctuary Direct Tim Ajax:

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One of the new arrivals on July 25, 2012.
(Photo by Tim Ajax)

Wednesday, July 25: Some exciting news from our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas! The first move of 10 stump-tailed macaques (out of the 107 we will welcome to our sanctuary in the coming weeks from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage) went like clockwork and everyone came through in great shape.

The WAO team did an excellent job and we're looking forward to releasing the monkeys out into a larger enclosure within the next several days. Here's a picture of one of the males checking out his new surroundings. Stay tuned in the coming days as we bring you more pictures and video.

Thursday, July 26: The first 10 stump-tails from WAO were released out into the main enclosure this morning! They couldn't wait to get out and explore and zipped through the gate into their new home.

They split up and came back together in small groups many times during the first several hours, grunting softly back and forth to each other for reassurance. They love mesquite beans! More pics and hopefully some video soon ...

July 27: We received a welcomed quarter-inch of rain this morning but the newly arrived stump-tails wanted little to do with the wet stuff and stayed in the shelters until it was safe to go back out.

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