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Nonprofit Overview

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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Joan74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THIS IS A GREAT AND IMPORTANT CHARITY TO SUPPORT, THE RESCUED CHIMPANZEE HAVE COME FROM LABS WHERE THEY HAVE SPENT YEARS BEING ABUSED FOR MANKINDS BENEFIT, PRIMATE RESCUE CENTER LOOK AFTER THESE CHIMPS AND HELP THEM TO HAVE A MORE HAPPIER LIFE. I GET REGULAR UPDATES AND LOTS OF IMFORMATION ON THE CHIMPS, DAY TO DAY LIVING, BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in a chimp art contest to vote which one is the most artistic. All of the chimps were rescues and in various locations. The most amazing work is being done by these primate rescue centers by taking in these poor animals who have suffered horribly due to inhumane testing in labs. It breaks my heart to think these intelligent and talented chimps endured such pain and probable isolation. The fact that some where taken from their natural habitats or born in the labs and subjected to this testing their entire lives is a crime. Bless these people who are caring for these magnificant animals who have suffered way too long. It is probably a hard adjustment for them and with patience and love they can finally live out their lives in freedom.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity that helps poor chimps that spent there entire life being
Prodded and poked in labs

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've only recently been introduced to this site, but am impressed with the work and dedication demonstrated by the individuals who are doing a very noble job. Anyone who renders aid, comfort, and love to innocent creatures who are helpless, defenseless, and powerless in the face of humans, and is willing to do what it takes to rescue these animals and give them the wonderful, happy life they deserve is worthy of any and all help that can be given. Please keep up the great work, and know that your efforts are recognized and appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity is the light at the end of tunnel and for most of these emotional creatures it is a dark tunnel.
Until animals are freed from the oppression of laboratories, this is a step in establishing what these animals need and shouldn't ever experience. rather than being disgarded criminally as clinical waste these animals are given a second chance, from whatever their background maybe. This is a worthy and indeed needed charity and I commend the emotional intelligence behind it, Thank-you from me and the wonderful primates that you have saved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue in Nicholasville, KY is a wonderful place for God's creatures that need a home. My daughter worked there for a long time before her death. She absolutely adored working there! They are so good to the animals! I have many pictures and videos of her enjoying her work! I wouldn't take anything for them! This place is Heaven on earth for our chimps and monkeys, etc. Thank you, Primate Rescue Center for being you....with your zeal and love for the animals happy life there. I'll love you forever!

Mimi11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I so respect this organization and their work. It's so important to spread the word that primates should not be made pets or used in experiments or entertainment. I'm glad the Primate Rescue Center gives these animals a healthy, peaceful home.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an important and wonderful organization. Its mission is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs. The Center currently provides lifetime care for 11 chimpanzees and over 40 monkeys who have found a safe haven there. In addition, the PRC collaborates with a nationwide network of primate sanctuaries to rescue and relocate animals in need. I've visited the facilities at several Open House opportunities and was extremely impressed by the facilities, the grounds, the obvious good health of the animals, and the affinity the animals had for PRC staff.

2 Kathy84

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center Is a wonderful place. Primates rescued from all over the US wind up here. Most have a story. Each are treated with dignity. The enclosures are made to exacting standards, to maximize the comfort, enjoyment, and safety of the residence. The food is balanced to meet the residence's dietary needs. The center also tries to educate the general public about the different residence, and why it is not a good idea to try to make pets out of these creatures. As a child, my Grandmother rescued an abused Chimpanzee named Tammy. She had issues caused by the abuse. Back then, there were no Primate rescue facilities close by. The only offers to take her were research labs, to us, that was not an option. My mother , who knew about the true nature of Chimpanzees, allowed This chimp to finish out her days in an area that was safe both for her, and humans. It was not an easy task, to keep her well fed, and her enclosure clean. It took a lot of hard work. When she passed away many years later, it was a sad time for us all. I have seen first hand how the Primate center operates it's facility. The enclosures are clean, no easy task to be sure. the different residence run the gambit when it comes to Primates. The personel do a great job researching the needs of individuals in their care. Someday, i hope they raise the necessary funds to have a full fledged visitors center for educational purposes. This Center is vital to the rescue and rehabilitaion of these animals. It provides a vital service. The Staff work long hours with little compensation. They have dedicated themselves to the well being of their many charges.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication to the animals and the commitment to their well being is amazing. My grandson has spent time on the compound and has returned with a renewed love of these primates, that is due to love and care given to the primates by the staff. Jo Anne