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The gift that gives twice!

Published 12/03/08
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

Trying to come up with a creative gift for that person who has everything? Or maybe a “green” gift for that person who doesn’t want to clutter their life with more “stuff”? Well then, why not consider the gift of adoption? Adopting one of the amazing monkeys from the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is a great gift for pretty much anyone.

The adoptees are residents of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, which provides care for more than 500 primates — including snow monkeys, baboons, and vervets — many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in laboratories, roadside zoos, and even as “pets” in private homes. At just one dollar a week, a primate adoption is a great gift for someone who “has everything” or for a child with an interest in animals and wildlife.

Each primate adoption helps Born Free USA provide food, care, and rehabilitation to individual monkeys. The lucky gift recipient is sent an Adoption Welcome Kit including a biography and full-color photo of the adopted individual, a Certificate of Adoption, and a special gift, as well as the Sanctuary’s semi-annual newsletter, The Primate Post.

Here’s some info on a couple of my favorite adoptees:

Boon is a 16-year-old male olive baboon kept as a family pet and housed in a dark, rundown garage, where he lived a life of boredom and isolation. Lacking companionship and stimulation, he arrived in poor mental and physical condition, clutching a chewed-up child’s plastic toy. Frightened and withdrawn, Boon was self-mutilating. The lower half of his body was weak from lack of exercise and arthritis. Boon has made slow but steady progress at the sanctuary. He has finally learned how to be a baboon and was recently released into the Sanctuary’s large free-range enclosure as part of a free-living social group.

Carly is a female Japanese macaque, or Snow monkey, kept alone for years in a small cage in a windowless garage in Nevada. Carly had to be anesthetized while her cage was opened with bolt cutters, because there was no door. Carly was in terrible shape when she arrived at the Sanctuary, suffering from emotional distress and in terrible physical shape after having been fed primarily junk food. Carly’s rehabilitation has taken longer than many other rescued individuals. While she will never experience life as she was meant to, she is slowly finding out how to live life on her own terms.

Find out more about adopting a primate on our web site — www.bornfreeusa.org/sanctuary — and as always, thanks for your incredible support! We couldn’t do all we do without you.

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