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Primarily Primates is a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals, mostly primates, including 32 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 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.

Give Food and Fun

  • 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.

News & Action Alerts


Volunteer Orientation Information

Posted: July 14, 2021

Mission: Primarily Primates provides lifetime care and housing for native and nonnative homeless, abused and abandoned animals, mostly primates, saving them from death or continued exploitation. We are not open to the general public and do not breed, sell, trade or use animals commercially. Primarily Primates was founded in 1978, making it the first primate […]


Seeking Animal Caretaker

Posted: June 28, 2021

Primarily Primates, Inc. (PPI) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. At Primarily Primates, Inc., the Animal Caretaker role is one of the most crucial. The […]


Krystal Mathis to lead Primarily Primates as acting executive director

Posted: June 23, 2021

Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based international animal advocacy organization, has announced the appointment of Krystal Mathis as acting executive director of Primarily Primates, the pioneering animal sanctuary in Behar County, Texas, that FoA has managed since 2007. Additionally, Nicole Benson has joined Primarily Primates as office and development manager. Founded in 1981, Primarily Primates provides […]


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 […]


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 […]