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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 […]


Why I’ll miss, and always look up to, chimpanzee Mandy  

Posted: November 4, 2022

By Nicole Rivard  The day before my 40th birthday, after a wonderful surprise party that brought friends and family together, I got into an awful fight with my then boyfriend back at the cottage we were living in.  He was an alcoholic still reeling from his dad’s suicide six months earlier.  I felt so alone, […]


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 […]


Giving Day for Apes is Oct. 11!

Posted: September 19, 2022

Save the date! Giving Day for Apes is October 11, 2022. 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 donations on Giving Day for Apes will be used to ensure that Primarily Primates’ […]


Primetime with Primates

Posted: August 19, 2022

You’re invited! Join us for Primetime with Primates at Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen. This fun evening will include live music and all the fun and selfie opportunities Elsewhere has to offer! Attendees are encouraged to bring one donated item for the animals. Fleece blankets, sturdy toys, and children’s books are examples of fun enrichment […]


Primarily Primates welcomes patas monkey trio

Posted: July 25, 2022

Primarily Primates resident patas monkey Lennie, who arrived in 2013, always seems to be filled with joie de vivre. He is constantly on the move, using his strong legs and speed to bounce from one climbing structure to the next. He loves running along the perimeter of his habitat, especially when care staff are nearby. […]


The neighborly love that keeps PPI thriving

Posted: April 7, 2022

BY SCOTT SMITH Even though Tracy Burch and Bill Hamilton are neighbors of Primarily Primates, living just two miles from the sanctuary deep in the heart of Texas, their introduction was a long time coming. Thank a local service station for that. “There’s a gas station close to where we live that has a donation […]


Donation Request List

Posted: March 30, 2022

Do you have any items below that you would be able to donate to Primarily Primates sanctuary for enrichment activities? Let us know! If you live in the area, we are open to accept drop offs from 9-5 M-F. Our address is 26099 Dull Knife Trail, San Antonio, TX. If you do not live in […]


PPI rescues ex-pet lemur Ruth

Posted: March 16, 2022

Meet Ruth, the ring-tailed lemur estimated to be about 5 or 6 years old, who was recently brought to Primarily Primates by authorities after allegations of abuse by her owner. Ruth’s companion had died due to neglect, and she arrived scared and depressed at the sanctuary. She also arrived frail and thin. Ruth’s story underscores […]