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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 […]


A personal mission – and promise – for PPI

Posted: March 1, 2022

By Nicole Rivard The first time Arianna Salinas heard about Primarily Primates was when she was working at LBV Environmental Science Center in Laredo, Texas, as the lead technician caring for native animals who were not able to be released back into the wild. One day a pet shop owner dropped off two ring-tailed lemurs, […]


Primarily Primates sanctuary prepared to weather approaching storm

Posted: February 3, 2022

By Nicole Rivard South Central Texas is prone to outbreaks of severe weather throughout the year—hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, hail and lightning. And because of the climate crisis, prolonged freeze events have also become a threat to the sanctuary, its residents and staff. Currently, an arctic air mass is approaching South Central Texas. That’s why Primarily […]


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 […]


Get to know the farm animals at Primarily Primates

Posted: December 15, 2021

“On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 farm animals grazing.” PPI also provides lifelong care to three pygmy goats, three wild horses, one steer, one sheep, and two pigs. You can read their stories below and then visit this page to sponsor a farm animal! PPI rescued two pygmy […]


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 […]


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 […]