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Primarily Primates, Inc. (PPI) is a not-for-profit animal sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas, providing permanent, lifetime care and housing for rescued animals, mostly primates.

The 300+ animals living at PPI in permanent residence have been saved from biomedical research, the pet trade, and/or the entertainment industry. Now, animal residents including chimpanzees, lemurs, small primates, kinkajous, birds, and farmed animals enjoy the peace true sanctuary brings. PPI was founded in 1978, making it the first primate sanctuary in North America and the first to rescue chimpanzees requiring lifetime care following medical research.

PPI cares for each animal individually and holistically, focusing on both physical and psychological health. As a true sanctuary, PPI is not open to the general public and does not breed, sell, trade, or use animals commercially. A community of supporters and collaborators keeps PPI energized and maintained.

PPI is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and is committed to compassionate and appropriate zoological care. These animals get to live the rest of their lives with dignity, experience proper social environments, and make choices about how they want to spend their days.

Meet Our Animals

Sponsor an Animal

  • 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


Join us for a night of Monkey Madness!

Posted: February 24, 2023

We hope you’ll be able to join us for a night of “Monkey Madness” on March 12 from 4pm-6pm at Elsewhere – Garden Bar & Kitchen. Celebrate our Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Accreditation with great food, delicious drinks, music, a raffle, and a silent auction as we highlight the terrific, tailed treasures of the […]


Chimps at PPI relish new, expansive green space

Posted: December 5, 2022

By Nicole Rivard When care staff at Primarily Primates introduced chimpanzee Baxter into a new, expansive green space for the first time, it was everything they dreamed of and more. “It was such a special experience to watch him to try out every single climbing structure that he possibly could. He made such happy vocalizations […]


Holiday used toy drive for Primarily Primates

Posted: November 10, 2022

You can make room for new toys and help animals in need by donating your used toys to Primarily Primates this year! We are specifically looking for donations of fleece blankets and used toys like toddler toys, baby walkers, sports balls and picture books. All of these items will be used for enrichment activities for […]


We’re grateful for Tova & Jobee

Posted: November 8, 2022

The weather has started to cool, the days are getting shorter, and the staff and volunteers at Primarily Primates are feeling incredibly grateful for all the blessings received this year. We are especially thankful for our two newest residents-Tova and Jobee. Tova and Jobee each spent over 20 years of their lives as victims of […]


Primarily Primates earns accreditation by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Posted: October 27, 2022

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Primarily Primates Inc. as of Oct. 18, 2022. Accreditation means that Primarily Primates Inc., which is managed by Friends of Animals, meets the criteria of a true animal sanctuary and is providing […]