by Brooke Chavez
People often ask me how they can get more involved with Primarily Primates but ask – “What can I do?”, “How do I get started?”, and “Where are you located?”
San Antonio, Texas is the ideal location for a sanctuary for primates accustomed to warmer temperatures – but isn’t always accessible for everyone wanting to get more involved in our unique community. If you are unable to physically volunteer at the sanctuary, don’t let that keep you from getting involved in many other different ways! Please avoid that common mistake - that doing something small for the sanctuary won’t make a difference - a beautiful beach needs millions of grains of sand!
Here are a few ways that you can contribute and help make a difference for our sanctuary animals in a huge way without having to travel to our location:
On your own:
*Become a monthly donor
. No amount is too small. $5 per month would purchase a sweet treat of bananas for a sanctuary resident to enjoy.
*Sponsor an animal.
Sponsorships help us cover the ongoing costs for each animal’s care, such as medical, nutritional and shelter.
*Sponsor Food & Fun
. Go to primarilyprimates.org for a variety of different food parties – bananas oranges, coconuts, & more!
You can also connect with your friends to:
*Donate items. We have a wish list on Amazon (Primarily Primates, Inc.
) Choose from a variety of healthy enrichment food such as dried fruit, unsalted nuts, cereal and peanut butter.
*Organize fundraisers. Meet for your own special reason, create a special event, and promote wish list item drives.
* Sponsor a sanctuary project. Your group can organize to collectively sponsor the construction of one of many needed structures (called green spaces) that connect to habitats to allow for enriching exercise and play, or even contribute to our ongoing activities to renovate/add enrichment to existing habitats.
For help brainstorming on how you can get involved with Primarily Primates and pursue any of these ideas, or to make a suggestion of your own - please call us at 830-755-4616.
Primarily Primates Executive Director Brooke Chavez began her career with the sanctuary in 2013 and now oversees the care and well-being of the 350 rescued animals who call the sanctuary home.