News from Primarily Primates
Who's in the mood for some sanctuary-made apple cider? The primates sure were!
This recipe was oh-so-tasty, and warmed their toes!
Post holiday meal nappers. Who can relate?
Amy's Apple Crisp
We are about to put Amy's Apple Crisp into the oven for the primates to help warm up this cold and rainy day!
The aroma of the warm apples and cinnamon wafting out of the kitchen is making the primates hoot in anticipation!
Primarily Primates Newsletter
The Wondrous Capuchin
My favorite perk of working with Friends of Animals is easily the occasional trip to Primarily Primates. I’ve been lucky enough to travel there a couple times a year for the past six years — a journey for which I never tire.
When I return, my curious, primate-starved friends always ask the same questions: Did you hang out with the chimps? Did you get to feed them? Did you try to hug them?
First thing’s first: If I had tried to hug a chimpanzee, I would not be writing this. I’d either be missing a few muchneeded body parts, or I’d be resting in the ground somewhere for eternity. That is to say, chimpanzees, even those in an idyllic sanctuary, are dangerous — especially after they’ve been traumatized and exploited by humans. Secondly, my true obsession at Primarily Primates is actually the capuchin monkey, a tinier primate than the chimpanzee, who I immediately fell in love with during my first visit in 2007.
Capuchins are exceptionally cute. Sadly, that probably explains why so many people buy them as pets, even though they — like all primates — make terrible pets. That Primarily Primates is home to so many capuchins is proof.
We've been up to Pumpkin Hummus today with fresh-made tortilla chips. The primates love them.
Vegetarian Chile Cook Off - People's Choice Award 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen, you now have another reason to be a part of Primarily Primates / Friends Of Animals, it is all about our award winning Vegetarian Chile!!!!!
That's right! Just now in Austin , Texas.... the annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chile contest has been held from 10 to 5pm.
Participants bought an entry ticket and then after tasting all the receipes for chile, the participants gives their ticket to their favorite chile reciepe. In addition, participants vote for a best booth contest.
Primarily Primates/Friends of Animals are the official Vegetarian Chile Cook Off - People's Choice Award 2013. Yea goes to Brooke Chavez and Ashley Mire who headed up our team, and all the volunteers who helped them.
Primarily Primates/Friends of Animals is also the official Vegetarian Chile Cook Off - Best Booth 2013! It was a sweep! This is great news for all of US as this contest is one that we strongly support.
Everyone will have to make calendar dates for Austin, Texas next year as we will be defending our award winning recipe and tropical forest themed booth!! Yooo Hoooo!!!!!!
Priscilla Feral and Andy Cockrum visit the construction site of Oliver's Playscape. As the new habitat rises, a whole new world will open for 7 apes who will soon have a natural grassy play area.
The silvery structure brings new life to the chimpanzee complex and is already shaded by the huge hackberry trees that are growing around it.
This week, we expect the tunnels to arrive which will be erected 8 feet above the ground and connect Oliver's Playscape to three existing chimpanzee habitats.
The habitat will be unique to Primarily Primates existing habitats and today, on Andy Cockrum's birthday, we celebrate its rise at Green Vegetarian Cuisine at the Alon. — with Priscilla Feral at Primarily Primates.
Amazon Wish List
Over the past several weeks, we have received quite a few items off of our Amazon Wish List. These items have made our day (and the animals' day) and we just had to share!
Unless you add your information, Amazon doesn't let us know who to thank. Thank you to all of our animal-loving friends, for your kindness.
This week, we will be featuring new enrichment, courtesy of kind people like you! Today, Ashley prepares burlap sacks, from the wish list, that have been filled with hay, cereal, and dried fruit.
This enrichment encourages foraging and nest-building with the remaining materials. Check back soon to see the photos!
Tailgating themed enrichment
The aroma of veggie dogs, frito pies, and vegan Doritos swept through the sanctuary over the weekend.
Having a tailgating themed enrichment was a great way to celebrate our progress and the many accomplishments that we have achieved for the animals.
Rumor around the sanctuary is that staff members wore letterman jackets and cheerleading costumes.
You're not going to want to miss the photos-check back soon!
Lennie, a patas monkey
Update: On Wednesday this week, Primarily Primates sanctuary in Texas expected to fetch Lennie, a patas monkey released from a pet home where he lived for four years until his owners tired of him.
A zoo in Virginia agreed to help transport him to the sanctuary, but no one was equipped to get him safely into a shipping crate accepted by the airlines, so the sanctuary's executive director is driving to Louisiana to retrieve Lennie after the first leg of the trip is covered.
Lennie, a ground-dwelling monkey -- somewhat plentiful in West Africa -- will be matched up with April, another patas monkey who recently lost her mate. Lennie's former owner typically ran out of monkey -- refusing to pay a placement fee or cover transporation costs. They preferred to threaten to have him euthanized, but a group connected to sanctuaries helped give Lennie a second chance at a better life at Primarily Primates.
Primarily Primates' Facebook page will carry our news and Lennie's progress as events unfold.
The Highest Highs and the Lowest Lows
Recently, I heard the motto "the toughest job you'll ever love", and many of us have certainly found that to be true in our daily lives here at the sanctuary. I have had moments in the past eight months that make my face hurt from smiling, that make me dance around a habitat, and something like pure joy. And I have cried, felt heartache, and even helplessness. Sometimes this happens within the same week.
In the past week, we have successfully introduced Pearl and Igor (Java Macaques) and Sophie and Sautine (Rhesus Macaques). I can't describe what an amazing feeling it is for our staff to witness animals blossom once they are provided an environment filled with kindness and compassion.
Recently we experienced the lowest of lows. Sadly, we just said goodbye to forty year old Bango, who shared a habitat with Jason, Jones, and Leah. He died peacefully in his sleep and will be missed dearly by all who had the good fortune to care for him.