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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

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an incredible sanctuary for chimpanzees, a variety of monkeys and even goats and donkeys. The staff is small but extremely dedicated and provide excellent care to all the animals who are lucky enough to call the PRC home. They do a wonderful job providing daily enrichment, fresh browse and healthy nutritious meals. As a former volunteer I have seen their dedication first hand and can not speak highly enough about the Primate Rescue Center. I truly appreciate the care they provide for the animals.

Veronica Rochelle S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an incredible organization doing amazing work for primates. It's a home for animals who needed a second chance after an unfortunate start in life, but now they receive an exceptionally high level of care from dedicated professionals committed to seeing the end of the primate pet trade, lab testing, and use of primates in entertainment. They are making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY exemplifies what it means to truly care for animals. The caregiving staff have shown that the health, safety and quality of life of the residents is of the upmost importance. The PRC also has a wonderful internship program for college students that educates the next generation about how to care for rescued animals appropriately.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm currently an intern for the PRC and have had the privilege to work alongside the care staff for the past 3 months. They do everything in their power to make sure that all of the residents are happy and healthy, and are always finding new ways to better the quality of life for each of the primates. I am so thankful that the primates who came from such difficult backgrounds get to live out the rest of their lives in such a beautiful and positive environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer weekly at the Primate Rescue Center and from my very first day on-site for orientation I could see how well the animals are loved and cared for. The staff is so passionate about their work. So many of the primates came from bad situations but every caregiver, volunteer and intern works so hard to provide the residents with a safe, happy and stable environment that they can truly call home. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of the animals at the sanctuary and participating in making them meals and fun enrichment. It feels so good to be able to contribute to such a wonderful cause in such a personal way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place gives hope to all primate lovers. What a wonderful little paradise on the middle of nowhere that provides such great care to their residents. Everyone involved has so much passion and love for the animals and run this nonprofit facility with perfection.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Primate Rescue Center for 4 years. It is superbly run . You can tell by how happy the primates are, how joyful the staff and volunteers are and how peaceful and restorative the environment is. Every aspect meets the most stringent definition of the word SANCTUARY. Every donation no matter how small or large ,time, cash, or item is greatly appreciated and always needed and used. There couldn't be a more honorable non profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a long-time supporter of the PRC and the work they do, but my recent experience as an on-site volunteer has brought it all so much closer. Getting breakfast ready for the chimps and watching them dig into it is something I look forward to each week. The staff is amazing and treats me like family. I hope to stay involved for many years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is one of the best nonprofit organizations that I have had the pleasure of working with. The care staff, board of directors and other volunteers are very passionate about creating the best environment for the primates onsite. I was truly blown away by their level of dedication to the primates.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful place. Such a caring staff dedicated to improving the lives of the animals they take care of. A true rescue.

1 Retta R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Primate Rescue Center for several years, both on-site and off, and I can't say enough about the great facilities and the care the primates get. I adore the primates and the staff are hands down some of my favorite beings on the planet. The work they are doing here is important and amazing and I'm proud to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Primate Rescue Center for several years, both on-site and off, and I can't say enough about the great facilities and the care the primates get. The primates and staff are hands down some of my favorite beings on the planet. The work they are doing here is important and amazing and I'm proud to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here for a number of years. Faithful devotion to the wellbeing of the residents is evident the moment you see the sanctuary. The staff is a group of professional, caring and dedicated people who truly create a safe haven and home for for these primates. I am proud to be a volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the PRC in June of 2015 when I was accepted for a spot in their summer internship program. I applied for the internship to fulfill a co-op credit that I needed for my undergrad degree in Animal Studies. However, from the start I knew that my experience at the PRC would mean much more to me than a college credit. Not only did the workers fully involve me, along with the other interns, in all of the daily routines--including feeding, cleaning, enrichment and other activities that sporadically came about--they really welcomed and encouraged me.
Of course, working with the primates was the best part of it all. With 11 chimpanzees and nearly 50 smaller apes and monkeys on the facility, it was amazing to observe how each resident differed. Having never worked in a facility with exotic animals before, I was completely fascinated. I mostly became familiar with the chimpanzees because they are housed close to where the interns work. During my time there, I observed many primate behaviors such as grooming and hooting, and I also learned about the dominance pattern within the group. Seeing these behaviors first-hand definitely sparked an interest in primates within me, and I plan to continue researching them.
My experience at the PRC benefited me in so many ways. Obviously, I got some first-hand experience with primates and learned a lot about them. I also, in turn, learned a lot about myself and what I would like to do with my career after college. When I tell people that I am an animal studies major, their first response is usually, "Really...what jobs can you get with that?" The workers at the PRC made me feel like there is hope for my degree, and reassured me that there are jobs out there for people who have an interest in animals. My internship at the PRC reassured my desire to work at a rehabilitation facility for exotic animals after I graduate. I wouldn't trade my time at the PRC for anything, and I'm so glad that such a wonderful non-profit exists so close to home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ten years ago, I lived and volunteered at the PRC for almost two months. I saw firsthand how well the primates there are treated. Cages are regularly cleaned, chow is always supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables and enrichment is always provided. Moreover, great care is taken to ensure the safety not only of the primates but of their human caretakers as well. I have been a supporter of the PRC ever since because I know my charitable donations are being well spent!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent steward of financial resources. Cares for amazing primates.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding non-profit for which I proudly volunteer. There is a shared kindred spirit and devotion to the daily care of animals that desperately needed rescued and desperately needed a home. This organization is also eager to educate the community so everyone can make a difference in primate lives.

Mary286

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired from another nonprofit, the Primate Rescue Center was where I chose to volunteer. I have been volunteering now for almost 2 years, once a week. This center is a wonderful place to be ! The folks at the Center have their priorities in order with the care of the primates being the number one duty of everyone, staff and volunteer. They are very caring with the volunteers as well as the animals, training volunteers for all duties needed. I have always had a love for primates and have learned so much from observing them! I feel fortunate to have this opportunity right in my back yard !

Cheryl107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is a wonderful place. I have been volunteering there once a week for
almost eight years. The care staff there are exceptional. The Primates get the best of care. It is a beautiful place for the Primates to live the rest of their life out. I have learned so much from volunteering there. The care staff has so much passion for helping the primates. I truly love everything about the PRC and feel I am so fortunate to be a part of it. Thanks so much to the PRC for giving the Primates a good and happy life. Its sad to think of where they would be if not for the PRC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at the PRC as a summer intern was unforgettable. Not only did I expand my knowledge of husbandry care activities, but I was also able to get creative and learn how to enrich the animals in new and exciting ways. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I received this summer to work with not only great animals but a wonderful staff as well! The caregivers and volunteers assisted me in the personal growth that I have experienced this summer. I loved learning how to properly interact with apes versus monkeys as these skills will surely be of use in my future. The PRC residents receive the utmost care from the staff and are surrounded by a stimulating environment. I am sincerely glad to say that I interned at the PRC this summer as it is a truly wonderful place! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The PRC is truly a one-of-a-kind place. I feel very fortunate to have spent the summer here as an intern. The care for the animals is above and beyond exceptional, and the staff and volunteers are all extremely kind and welcoming. For me, not only did I feel like I was helping out animals in need, but also I learned a great deal as well. I got to see first hand the interactions of many chimpanzees with one another in a group dynamic, as well as dominance and display behaviors, lip smacking in monkeys, and even a routine vasectomy performed (by a veterinarian) on one of the newest members. Overall I consider my time there a blessing, and would rate the Rescue Center and its members as a top-notch organization.