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April 22, 2011

Welcome to Your Sanctuary Digs, Samantha!

Dear Friend,


Samantha is safe but we need your help. After living for more than 20 years in a small pen in a backyard, the elderly snow monkey has been rescued by the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary and is now there to begin her new life.

Samantha had been living in a 5-foot-by-10-foot cage with a heated box, and because her human caretaker is battling serious illness Sam needed a place to live out her remaining days in dignity. The owner had no money to provide testing, vaccination, transport or ongoing support, so staff member Traci Hanson and her husband, Burl, made the very long drive from Dilley, Texas, to northern Kansas to rescue Samantha.

It was a lengthy trip for everyone  — 1,800 miles over three days; thank you, Traci and Burl! — but Sam handled the return ride very calmly, even when the trio were in the middle of a hail-laden thunderstorm. (Watch Traci and Burl's video of the trip home!)

Sam is now in quarantine with her trusty bicycle tire and big plastic boat for company, but soon enough she will be out in a large area exploring and getting to know the other monkeys. She loves fresh tomatoes and greens and challenges us to keep her well supplied. She is very interested in all the monkey happenings she can see and hear from her quarantine cage, and we can’t wait to see her first contact with another snow monkey — something that has not happened in more than 20 years!

The transformation from life as a solitary monkey in a cage to one socially active with others of her kind in a large enclosure will surely be a trying one, especially for an aging snow monkey, but we know that Sam’s quality of life will be greatly enhanced as she will finally be able to express herself as the monkey she is, not as a “pet” languishing in a cage.

Samantha has a new lease on life because Born Free USA was there to help — but we can’t help without your support! Please visit our adoption page today or make a generous donation to our rescue fund so that you and Born Free are there for the next Samantha in need. 

Until next time,


P.S. Whether you make a one-time pledge,  “Go Nuts! Go Bananas” or adopt one of our six available primates, you will be making a positive difference for Samantha and the hundreds of other monkeys at our sanctuary.

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