Primate Rescue Center

Our Sanctuary

The Primate Rescue Center occupies some 30 acres in central Kentucky, with buildings and grounds designed to afford the animals a quiet, sheltered place to spend their lives. The centerpiece of the sanctuary is a state-of-the-art chimpanzee enclosure—currently home to 11 chimps—that was completed in the summer of 2006 and since updated with climbing structures and other improvements designed for the animals’ enrichment. A fenced tunnel lets the animals move between the spacious outdoor enclosure and their temperature-controlled sleeping area.

In addition, the PRC features 10 custom indoor/outdoor monkey enclosures with heated houses; the 40 animals occupying these spacious enclosures choose where they wish to spend their time, and, except in the most inclement weather, most venture outdoors for at least part of the day.

Keeping so many apes and monkeys fed is a monumental task: in an average day, our staff and volunteers process and prepare 300 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, and pasta. To insure that this critical task gets done on time each day, the PRC boasts an industrial kitchen that would rival that of any gourmet restaurant.

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