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Primarily Primates is a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that provides lifetime care for 300 + animals, mostly primates, including 33 chimpanzees. All were exploited and then discarded by the research and entertainment industries as well as the exotic pet trade.

Many of the animals—including gibbons, capuchins, spider monkeys, macaques and lemurs—led limited, dismal lives and many were kept alone in small cages prior to coming to PPI. Here they are housed in compatible groups and have same species companionship. Now they get to live the rest of their lives with dignity and can make choices about how they want to spend their days.

PPI has an innovative enrichment program to promote natural wild behaviors and mental stimulation. To ensure each day is unique, staff provides daily food enrichment treats using a variety of ingredients and enrichment methods that allow the animals to resourcefully seek food as they would in nature. Additionally, sensory enrichment activities like burning incense, playing music and painting are also offered to stimulate animal residents and prevent boredom.

 

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  • Sponsorships are a great way to help us cover the costs for each rescued animal's food, shelter, and care. Learn more about the animals by reading their personal profiles.

    They also make wonderful gifts. Give the gift of compassion, one that lasts all year and allows a rescued animal in need to live his or her life in peace and comfort.
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  • Animals in sanctuaries need change in their lives since every day in the wild would be different. As a result Primarily Primates puts a lot of effort into auditory, taste, touch and visual enrichment.

    Food parties are one way to help prevent boredom because they provide excitement, particularly if the animals are actively engaged in obtaining the offerings.
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News & Action Alerts

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Animals return home, cleanup underway after Primarily Primates weathers historic Texas storm

Posted: February 23, 2021

A week after Primarily Primates—a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals—lost power for four days, monkeys and lemurs who had been evacuated are returning to their enclosures and chimpanzees and baboons have been released from their heated bedrooms into their habitats. The heroic efforts of executive director Brooke […]

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Statement from Primarily Primates about preparedness

Posted: February 19, 2021

Statement from Primarily Primates about preparedness We have been inundated with so much love and support and we can’t begin to thank everyone enough. We now have more than a dozen loaned small generators up and running along with numerous propane heaters keeping all our animals on the property safe and warm. As we endure […]

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Primarily Primates’ staff, volunteers make heroic efforts to protect animals from historic Texas freeze

Posted: February 17, 2021

Primarily Primates, a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals—mostly primates, including 32 chimpanzees—is among the four million without power in Texas after a rare deep freeze forced the state’s electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts because of higher power demand. The sanctuary has been without power since early […]