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!
From Animal Issues, Volume 34 Number 4, Winter 2003
Wintertime is a special time in south Texas, home of the API Primate Sanctuary. The days turn crisp and clear, and the evenings are even more so. Some nights, the sky seems to overflow with stars. The more than 400 Sanctuary residents enjoy the season in peace in their spacious, free-range enclosures. After all they've been through — the cruelty of laboratory cages, the confinement of roadside zoos and private possession — they thrive in the freedom the Sanctuary provides.
Adaptable as these animals are, they need a bit of extra care in the colder months. Vervets, for example, are quite vulnerable to frostbite on their tails. To ensure their safety, API is building our vervets special heated quarters to which they can retreat on especially cold nights. We're also working to expand the baboons' enclosures. Most of the Sanctuary's baboons spent years captive in research facilities, and API plans to provide them with as much space as we possibly can.
All these measures are essential — and costly. After what these animals have endured, they deserve to live out their days in the utmost safety and comfort. The API Sanctuary gives animals freedoms they never had — the freedom to roam in a natural environment, to engage in their innate behaviors, to be themselves instead of "pets," test subjects, or curiosities.
You can help, too, by making a gift to API. Just make your donation today, and you'll ensure a safe, secure future for Sanctuary residents for years to come!