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Blog Archives: 04/2017

New interns spring into action!

Tori Himes April 27, 2017

We would like to welcome some new faces to the PRC’s Intern Team!

Joining us from Chicago, Illinois this Spring is Natalie Park. Natalie currently attends the University of Kentucky. She is a junior and working on earning her degree in Biology. She aspires to some day work for a rescue facility or a zoo. When she isn’t hitting the books, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to baseball games. Since starting her internship, she has become especially fond of Zulu chimpanzee because of her sweet personality. Natalie is always yearning to learn more. One of her favorite aspects of the internship is leaning everything she can about the primates. Everyday she observes something new!

Another Spring intern is Elle Beery. Elle is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. Elle is a freshman at Asbury College and currently earning her degree in Biology. She also plays on the Asbury Women’s soccer team. After college, Elle hopes to one day work in an animal sanctuary. During her free time, she enjoys watching or playing basketball, and spending time with her friends. Zulu’s sweet nature and her love to blow kisses has won over Elle’s heart. Elle’s favorite aspect of the internship is learning all about  the monkey and chimps’ unique personalities. The carestaff is also a big part of why Elle loves interning at the PRC because they care so much about the animals and the team.

We are so excited to have both Elle and Natalie on board to represent the PRC as interns this spring!

The 3-month internship is a great opportunity for students to train under experienced carestaff as well as a way to gain valuable skills for those interested in a career in primate husbandry.

 

Anyone curious about our internship program should follow this LINK to learn more and see if the program could be a good fit for you!

Anyone interested in reading more about Zulu chimpanzee can follow this LINK.

Andi’s Journey: No Longer Just a Number

Becca Banks April 17, 2017

In 2015, a male rhesus macaque was found roaming loose in Bath County, KY. Unsure of where he came from or why he was wandering a residential area, Fish and Wildlife officers captured the lost monkey and brought him to the Primate Rescue Center. He was extremely underweight, lethargic and had a tattoo on his chest with the number sequence “0805355.” The tattoo indicates that he spent some time in a biomedical research lab, but his past still remains much of a mystery. Formerly referred to as “Mystery Monkey 0805355” by the media, this handsome macaque was given the name Andi. When Andi arrived at the Primate Rescue Center, he was quarantined and given a thorough medical examination.


Andi, Day 1 at the Primate Rescue Center


Veterinarians giving Andi a medical examination

These exams are given to all incoming primates to check their current state of health. First, as we do with any primate during a medical exam, Andi was sedated. Then, we weighed him, checked his vitals and tested for any contagious diseases (such as tuberculosis). Once Andi received a clean bill of health and cleared quarantine, we began introducing him to a female macaque named Breanna so that he could have the companionship that all primates deserve.


Breanna, PRC resident since 2010

Introducing primates to one another is always a slow, delicate process. We ease them into it to ensure that both primates are ready and willing to interact with one another in a friendly manner. After all, whether raised in a private home or a research facility, they may not have seen or had contact with another monkey in years! Initially, Andi and Breanna were in separate cages that were a few feet apart. Once they got comfortable seeing each other often, we moved the enclosures closer together and connected them with a tunnel, but kept the tunnel doors shut. Then, we let them make the decision—either they would show us that they wanted to be together or not. One day, we saw Breanna and Andi reach out for one another through the tunnel, and it was clear to us then that they were ready to be introduced. We opened the tunnel door and Breanna approached Andi. Andi allowed Breanna to come up close and before we knew it they were grooming one another: success!


Breanna (top) and Andi (bottom)

Andi and Breanna spend almost every day outside. They love the fresh air and the sun on their faces. Like many monkey couples, Andi and Breanna spend the majority of their time throughout the day apart. While Breanna munches on leftover breakfast, Andi likes to lounge on his mat and watch the water in the creek float by. It’s during the night that they come together. Breanna and Andi wait for the sun to set, then make their way inside and snuggle up to stay toasty warm.

Andi’s journey from lab subject, to roaming at-large in Bath County, to a socially-enriched life at the Primate Rescue Center is certainly astounding. The tattoo etched into his skin hints at the hardships of his past life. However, a healthy coat of hair now hides the ink and his life at the Primate Rescue Center is filled with an abundance of food and toys, the warm Kentucky sun and a beautiful monkey companion.


Andi, present day

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