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Our New Primadome

March 27, 2014

We are still celebrating the introduction of Oliver's Playscape at our sanctuary! Deeter enjoyed his special celebration enrichment bag! The chimpanzees each received a paper party bag filled with confetti, streamers, banana bread, and various trinkets to stimulate their senses. As you can see, he was very interested in the new tastes and toys!

Parrots-not Penguins!

February 06, 2014

We're talking Parrots-not Penguins! Macaws, like Dulce and Iago pictured below, are native to the rain forest of South America, and simply not designed to cope with the below freezing temperatures that we are experiencing at the sanctuary.

In fact, it can be simply dangerous to expose tropical birds to temperatures below 65 degrees. At Primarily Primates, our birds have bedrooms that are kept warm and toasty no matter what the conditions are like outside.

Please consider contributing a financial donation to help off-set our heating costs which sometimes can reach $10,000 dollars (no, really) a month during the winter!

Thank you so much for your warming support!

Primarily Primates Announces New Executive Director

February 04, 2013

The Board of Directors of Primarily Primates is pleased to announce that Brooke Chavez has been named Executive Director. Chavez, who most recently served as Assistant Executive Director, will lead the San Antonio, Texas-based refuge’s efforts to ensure state-of-the-art, compassionate care to the nearly 500 primates, birds and other animals who reside there.

Primarily Primates president Priscilla Feral said, “We are pleased that Brooke is serving in this new role. Brooke is a passionate, visionary leader who knows how to juggle the endless tasks of leading a sanctuary. She’s served in many capacities during her time at Primarily Primates, and we’re excited for the talent she brings.”

Before joining the staff at Primarily Primates, Chavez—a passionate animal rights advocate— founded Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary and served as director for over 12 years; Sunny Day became the largest sanctuary for farmed animals in the state of Texas under Chavez’s leadership.

Chavez says, “I have a passion for creating innovative, naturalistic habitats for all animals at Primarily Primates, and for building strong relationships with the San Antonio community; plus, the staff at the sanctuary are wonderful. I want to take Primarily Primates to the next level.”

Feral says, “Brooke is the right person for the job. We’re working on some really exciting projects, including a Prima-dome habitat for chimpanzees that we’re putting the finishing touches on, that require excellent leadership. We found that in Brooke, and look forward to working with her.”

For further information please contact:

Priscilla Feral, 203-656-1522 or Email

Brooke Chavez or Email

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