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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by: Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities; Working to end the trade in pet primates in the U.S. and abroad; Educating the public about the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle; Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for their surplus primates; Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

Results: We've been around for over 25 years, and are planning for the next 50. Our youngest chimpanzee will easily live that long!

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 50 monkeys and apes for whom we provide high-quality lifetime care.

Geographic areas served: National & International

Programs: Provide shelter, food, medical care, and a socially enriched environment for primates otherwise scheduled for destruction.

encourage compliance with applicable local, state, & federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

locate appropriate housing for primates that are scheduled for destruction.

educate the public about the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

ErikaFleury

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is a star - they know what they're doing and they do it well. The staff has heart, compassion and the smarts to give rescued primates the very best possible sanctuary life. They change the lives of so many deserving animals. It's a beautiful thing.

This sanctuary is a leader due to its' history of making real change in the animal advocacy world. I am honored to be affiliated with the Primate Rescue Center, and I hope to be working with them for many more years to come.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best out there. Everything they do is for the benefit of their primate residents. It is heartwarming to see these animals, who have often been through much trauma, live out the rest of their lives in peace, comfort, and while getting the physical and mental stimulation they need. I also admire how the PRC remains involved and active in helping to change the legal and cultural issues that cause sanctuaries to be needed in the first place. The PRC is a prime example of a true animal advocacy organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful sanctuary! The love and dedication of all who work and volunteer there is apparent- the chimpanzees and monkeys all have beautiful habitats with tons of enrichment, good nutrition, and all look happy and healthy. Love PRC!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be able to visit this primate sanctuary during the recent NAPSA workshop and was absolutely blown away. The habitats for the monkeys and chimpanzees were so clean and FULL of enrichment items. The staff truly loves and cares for all the primates there and it was evident. I feel so lucky to have been able to see such a beautiful place, but the faces on the monkeys and chimps were the best- happy, confident, and loved. A big thank you to Primate Rescue Center for stepping in and helping these unwanted exotic pets and used biomedical subjects and to be a place of healing and hope.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a management consultant with experience and expertise with non-profit organizations, I have been extremely impressed with all aspects of the Primate Rescue Center. A facility and organization of this size requires sound operational practices ranging from care and feeding, maintainance, financial management, project management, fundraising and staff/volunteer management. The operations and leadership at the Primate Rescue Center are top notch and highly efficient. What's more impressive still is how these strong practices are just the starting point for the dedication and commitment shown by April Truitt and her staff to the animals in there care and the advocacy of animal rights across the world.

lunja

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor of meeting April Truitt, founder and director of Primate Rescue Center when she contacted me about providing sanctuary for 5 chimpanzees she was instrumental in rescuing. I reluctantly agreed to meet her at a facility where they were being temporarily housed. Although, emotionally wrapped up in their heartbreaking story - I did not feel I had the experience or facility to house these very, very strong animals. I said to her, it only makes sense that since you were the one to give them their freedom from the terrible conditions in which you found them - that YOU should take them. Long story short, she did just that and did a bang up job with their care. I went to visit the facility after the chimps were settled into Primate Rescue Center and I was blown away by the professional housing and the equally professional staff and volunteers dedicated to the care of these and other primates. Ms Truitt also does her part in trying to stem the flow of the exotic pet trade - as if she doesn't have enough to do with the center. Kudos to all she does for our furry relatives. Cindy Carroccio, founder - Austin Zoo and Sanctuary

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ten years ago I began volunteering at the Primate Rescue Center (PRC) while attending college in Lexington, KY. As a volunteer I cleaned enclosures, chopped fruits and vegetable and made toys for the dozens of monkeys and 11 chimpanzees calling the PRC home. Although the animals at the PRC come from different backgrounds, they all have one thing in common -- though in the past they have suffered much at the hands of humans, they now lead happy and healthy lives thanks to the dedicated people at the PRC.
Not only has the PRC had such a positive effect on the lives of countless animals, it has also had a huge impact on the people who are fortunate enough to spend time there. My favorite part of volunteering was watching the animals, and my fascination with their behavior quickly turned to a career. I earned a PhD in psychology and my area of research is primate cognition -- how monkeys and apes think and learn. As an expert in primate behavior I can truly say that the care the animals receive at the primate rescue center is second to none.