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JULIA BARR SAYS:
Keep Wildlife in the Wild

"Wildlife belongs in the wild. To respect wildlife is to respect the world and everything in it." — Julia Barr, longtime star of "All My Children."


ISSUE: Help Us Care for Monkeys — That’d be Cool!

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In recent days, daytime temperatures at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary near Dilley, Texas, have been in triple digits — 103 degrees on June 13 and 14, followed by 106 last Wednesday and Thursday, 108 on Friday and Saturday, 107 on Sunday, 104 on Monday and 101 yesterday …

The heat is on in southwest Texas, and we're doing all we can to help the 500 macaques, baboons and vervets there keep their cool. It seems not that long ago that our sanctuary's hard-working staff had to contend with "The Big Chill of 2011," when single-digit lows froze the monkeys' drinking water and put pretty much everyone but the snow monkeys in survival mode.

It's always a challenge at our 186-acre sanctuary, and not just because of the weather. Many of the primates who live there — with lots of room to run around and socialize — arrived after having endured difficult situations. Some were subjected to experiments in research laboratories, others stolen from their mothers and kept as "pets," still others callously used as entertainment attractions.

Recently, we started compiling some of their stories in a Primate Rescues feature on the sanctuary's website. Read all about dear little Bella, the 15 long-tailed macaques rescued from an East Coast laboratory, or other rescued monkeys, and perhaps you will better understand why we are really proud of our sanctuary.

We do all we can to keep the primates cool in the summer, warm and dry in the winter, and fed nutrition-rich foods year-round. None of that is easy, none of that is cheap, but we feel privileged to help these innocent monkeys live as they should: as monkeys!

Born Free USA wants to save as many primates in need as we can. Help us help them!

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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

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  • Participate in our Keep Wildlife in the Wild Auction. Did you know that our monkeys can paint?
  • For just $52 a year ($1 a week!), you can adopt one of several rescued primates. You'll receive a Primate Adoption package complete with full color photo, bio, Primate Post newsletter, certificate and commemorative gift. (You also can adopt a primate on behalf of a loved one!)
  • If you are in a position to make a major contribution to the monkeys at our sanctuary, please check out our Make It Your Day! and Fortunate 500 programs.
  • Become a fan of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary on Facebook and invite all your Facebook friends to do the same.
  • View our videos! Watch Samantha's long road home from a backyard cage in Kansas, monkeys gathering around a pickup to be fed in "Stop!" and other uplifting footage taken by our sanctuary staff.
  • Get up close with dozens of our sanctuary residents in our online Photo Gallery.
  • Learn more about the sanctuary and monkey issues in general on our Get the Facts page.
  • Catch up on all the day-to-day happenings at the sanctuary by reading Director Tim Ajax's latest blogs, as well as rescue updates by Site Manager Traci Hanson.
  • Share our sanctuary's website with everyone you know and help us raise awareness about the plight of these individuals and the ongoing care they receive.
  • Write letters to companies, TV stations or other media outlets when you see monkeys being exploited as props in advertisements, TV shows, movies and more.
  • Family activity: Check out our most popular video, "High diving monkeys," on our YouTube page. We suspect you'll want to watch it more than just once!

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SHOP: Support Born Free USA Today!

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Check out our Plush Animal Collection! Adopt Lucy the Primate and you will be providing much-needed support for the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

Go Nuts! Go Bananas! Our primates are poised to partake!

My Lip Stuff offers a terrific Banana Kisses cruelty-free lip balm and 50 percent of each sale benefits the monkeys at the sanctuary!

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