Texas monkeys try to keep cool

July 8th, 2011 at 1:00 pm by under Weather

As our heat wave continues to intensify, the over 500 monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary down in Dilley, Texas are going about their monkey business to stay cool.  The “splish splashes” of monkeys doing cannonball jumps into the water and drenching themselves with water hoses can be heard in enclosures across the sanctuary’s 186 acres, as seen here

The monkeys, many of whom were rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos, and private possession as exotic “pets,” know that a dip in the water followed by a breeze in a shady place is a great way to keep cool, and Born Free staff members are working harder than ever to make sure sanctuary residents have plenty of water.

With dust devils raising red dirt around the sanctuary, water from the faucets often running warm, and the relentless heat from the sun, this summer has been one of the most challenging in the history of the sanctuary.

In addition, the weather is impacting the sanctuary in other ways, as produce prices have risen sharply and the amount of donated or low-priced produce has dwindled.  And, dry feed is now costing more as a result of higher gasoline prices.

The public can support the Sanctuary by “adopting” one of its residents.  Adoptive sponsors help provide food, care, and rehabilitation to their adopted individual. Sponsors also receive many unique benefits. More at http://www.bornfreeusa.org/sanctuary/c4_adoption_program.php

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary Facts:

  • The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is located in Dilley, Texas, a 1 ½ hour drive from San Antonio, Texas.
  • The 186 acre Sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home to more than 500 macaques, vervets, and baboons.
  • Many of the Sanctuary residents were rescued from abusive situations in roadside zoos, research facilities, or private possession.
  • The Sanctuary is the only one of its kind in the U.S. in that the majority of its residents live in free-ranging groups in natural enclosures of several acres.
  • The focus of animal care at the Sanctuary is to provide conditions in which the captive populations of macaques, baboons, and vervets are allowed to live out the remainder of their lives with extensive freedom of movement, choice of food, and choice of companions, in accordance with their social nature.
  • Rehabilitation is a key part of the work at the Sanctuary. Many residents were previously deprived of the ability to meet their psychological and social needs.  While some continue to be psychologically damaged from their interactions with humans, as part of the rehabilitative process, the Sanctuary provides an enriched and stimulating environment, encourages pair and group living, and enables residents to spend their remaining years among others of their kind.
  • In order to allow the residents the maximum amount of privacy and minimal human interference, the Sanctuary is not open to the public.
  • The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. . Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.   More at: www.bornfreeusa.org; twitter http://twitter.com/bornfreeusa; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.

Information above from BornFreeUSA.

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