Primarily Primates Inc

A nonprofit organization

$23,123 Raised

Your support on Giving Day for Apes 2021 will help Texas-based Primarily Primates’ veterinary program evolve and adapt to our aging chimpanzee population. Great apes need very specific care, and older chimps need even more distinct care.

Chimpanzees once exploited by biomedical research, the entertainment industry and the exotic pet trade are prone to heart conditions, dental issues, diabetes, joint inflammation and other ailments.

Our goal is to raise $60,000 to purchase new equipment for our vet clinic that will make it easier to respond to all our great apes’ needs.

PPI rescued its first chimpanzee from a sideshow in 1983. A few years later the sanctuary took in chimpanzees from a Pennsylvania research facility, followed by several retired from the United States Air Force Space exploration testing program and from 20th Century Fox. More arrived from the Buckshire Corporation. Often operating as a supplier, Buckshire bred chimpanzees and leased animals to research labs, as well as those in the entertainment industry. Typically, chimpanzees there lived in isolation in 5′ x 5′ x 7′ laboratory cages—smaller than a shower stall.

Today PPI provides all the essentials—healthcare, food and enrichment activities that stimulate wild behaviors—and habitat maintenance for hundreds of animals, mostly primates, including 32 chimpanzees. Our oldest are Shu Shu,52; Barbara, 52; Stella, 51; Mandy, 50; and Vanessa,50. (You can learn more about them by following us on social media throughout Giving Day for Great Apes.)

We last upgraded our vet clinic in 2013, this essential new equipment will allow us to provide almost all medical care onsite. That keeps the whole process much less stressful for our great apes. Not only does it ensure less time under sedation, it also allow for faster re-integration within their social group. Primate social structures can collapse quickly, and the longer a chimpanzee is out of his or her grouping, the more difficult it is to re-integrate.

Thanks to your generosity we will be able to purchase a portable x-ray machine, portable oxygen, dental kit, portable pulse oximeter, and a Dan-Inject pole syringe as well as syringes and darts. We will also be buying pathology tests, vaccinations, nutrition items that encourage animals to take their meds, bedding items and protein powder.

We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and compassion. Our residents led limited, dismal lives and many were kept alone in small cages prior to coming to PPI. Here they are housed in compatible groups and have same species companionship. Because of you, they get to live the rest of their lives with dignity and can make choices about how they want to spend their days.

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Primarily Primates Inc

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(830) 755-4616

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