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Welcome

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.
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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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Happy National Bird Day!

Posted: January 5, 2022

Our spacious aviary and parrot house, both featuring branches and trees for perching and exposure to warm sunlight and protection from the elements, allow these birds space to fly and express their wild behaviors, unlike what they experienced living in tiny enclosures in pet homes. And our care staff is armed with research, the right […]

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What’s your sign?

Posted: October 8, 2021

As a way to celebrate and fundraise for Giving Day for Apes 2021, we’ve created our own astrology chart and matched every zodiac sign to a chimp here at Primarily Primates! Check them all out below to learn more about the personality of the chimp who matches your sign and then please consider sharing the […]

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Giving Day for Apes is Oct. 12!

Posted: October 1, 2021

Save the date! Giving Day for Apes is October 12, 2021. Giving Day for Apes is a global day of giving in support of sanctuaries and rescue centers providing rehabilitation or long-term care for apes around the world.  This year, your support will help our veterinary program evolve and adapt to our aging chimpanzee population. Great apes need very specific […]

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COVID-19 Protocols

Posted: August 19, 2021

With COVID-19 still posing a threat to our community, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our team. We ask that all visitors, volunteers, contractors, and delivery personnel abide by the guidelines below so that we can all remain safe and healthy during this time. Please have proof of […]

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Volunteer Orientation Information

Posted: July 14, 2021

With COVID-19 still posing a threat to our community, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our team. We ask that all visitors, volunteers, contractors, and delivery personnel abide by the guidelines below so that we can all remain safe and healthy during this time. Please have proof of […]