In addition to rescuing primates and providing them with a forever home, Primarily Primates’ mission is to raise awareness about why primates shouldn’t be—and aren’t—good pets.

But we also have a flock of about 70 other friends here at PPI who many people also unsuccessfully try and keep as companion animals—exotic birds.

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 husbandry training, lots of patience and knowledge of a proper diet to provide birds with the best care possible.

That’s why in the fall PPI stepped up and rescued several parrots who were seized in a hoarding case. Deputies were dispatched to a West Bexar County, Texas property because of reports of animal cruelty. They discovered several malnourished dogs and other animals living in unhealthy conditions. Investigators seized 17 dogs, several parrots and goats.

PPI rescued two pygmy goats from the home. When pygmy goats Vincent and Billie Jean arrived, they were apprehensive. They were not used to receiving human touch because they were basically used as lawn mowers inside of dilapidated parrot enclosures on the Bexar County property and did not interact with humans. Now they follow staff around everywhere. They like belly and head scratches. They will be joining the small goat herd on the farm side of the sanctuary.

The new parrots, who were malnourished and had to be tread for parasites, include two sun conures, one pineapple conure, two quakers and four blue and gold macaws. Sun conures are bold in appearance and in personality. They are known

for their vocalizing as well as their playfulness and adventurous nature. Likewise, Quaker parrots are known for being social and building strong community bonds. Interestingly, wild Quakers are the only parrot to build nests.

Our longtime aviary residents, including a five-and-a half foot tall Sarus crane, Nicabar pigeon, ibis, cockatiels and love birds are making our new residents feel right at home.

We could use your support for the lifetime care of our newest residents since none of them arrived with placement fees. Please consider a monthly sponsorship of $10.