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Blog Archives: 03/2017

Keep the Produce Coming

Scott Roseberry March 27, 2017

One of the things the primates at the PRC do not have to worry about is getting the nutrients they need from the produce they eat. With 50+ mouths to feed everyday, it is important to provide each of them with a balanced, healthy diet. The Primate Rescue Center is very fortunate to have three local Kroger stores in central Kentucky that help us restock and maintain our produce supply.

One of my responsibilities is picking up this produce donation. Each morning, I load the produce van up with empty bins used the day before. At each location, the produce employees are waiting for us with bins full of a variety of items from the produce section that are no longer suitable for display. On average, we receive up to 10 bins at each location, each holding 30 to 50 pounds of delicious produce!

After all of the produce has been picked up, it is brought back to the sanctuary to be sorted, organized, and stored. The primates love mealtime, and they really enjoy the variety of options and flavors presented to them each day. Depending on what items are donated, the carestaff can always think of some creative recipes to keep the primates intrigued during their meals. This week they got to enjoy delicious creations like “Hummus Beet Salad” and “Peppery Plantains.”   We are so thankful for the generosity of so many who help us fill the bellies of all the monkeys and apes at the PRC. Knowing these donations are used to keep our primates healthy and happy is the best part of my job.

A Million and One Ways to Help the PRC

Erika Fleury March 16, 2017

There may not exactly be a million and one ways to help the PRC, but you may not realize just how many quick and easy ways there are to have your everyday actions and purchases benefit your favorite primate sanctuary.

Do you like to shop?

  • Link your existing Amazon account with AmazonSmile, select the Primate Rescue Center as your charity of choice, and 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to the PRC, at no additional cost to you. Don’t forget to send over a few treats from our Amazon Wish List, while you’re there! Click here to get started.
  • Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards and a percentage of your purchases will be given to PRC! To do this, click the link below and sign into your account. At the bottom of the page, click "enroll" and search for Primate Rescue Center (our number is 12145). Click here to get started.

Are you a couponer? Goodshop will find you deals online, and their Gumdrop program permits you to link your account with the PRC so we will earn a percentage of your purchases. Click here to get started.

Are you an eBay seller? eBay's Giving Works program allows sellers to select a percentage of the sale amount of their items to benefit the PRC. Click here to get started.

Do you like to attend games or concerts? Buy your tickets through GoodDeedSeats and each purchase sends $5 back to the PRC! *Note that this is a newer program, so if you have trouble finding us on GoodDeedSeats, wait a few days and try again! Click here to get started.

Do you like to exercise? Download the ResQWalk app and raise money for the PRC just by walking! Click here to get started.

Do you write a lot of checks? The Bradford Exchange’s Protect the Primates personal checks feature a variety of stunning apes and monkeys, and purchasing these checks will send a donation back to the PRC. Click here to get started.

Do you have an extra vehicle? Turn it into a tax-deductible donation benefiting the PRC. Click here to get started.

And finally, don’t forget that the easiest way to help the PRC’s 50+ monkeys and apes is to donate, plain and simple! We appreciate each and every way our supporters help us out and we look forward to sharing new partnerships with you as they develop.

Ain’t No Party Like a Primate Party!

Laura Clifford March 04, 2017

If you follow us on Facebook you have probably noticed that we love throwing parties for our chimps! Any time someone has a birthday, or there is a special holiday to celebrate, we like to do it up big and throw an exciting party full of fun enrichment! For birthday parties we try to have themed parties based on the personality of the birthday boy or girl. Recently Martina had a jungle safari themed party with lots of giant stuffed animals, and Victoria had a tea and crumpets party complete with hot tea. It might seem silly to throw a birthday party for a chimpanzee, but we want to celebrate them any way we can, as often as we can!  Many of the chimps in our care come from truly heartbreaking backgrounds. They have had so much taken from them that we can never give back, so we want to make the rest of their lives as enjoyable as possible. Parties are a small way for us to add to that enjoyment, and hearing their excited screams and pant hoots when they walk into a party makes it all worthwhile


Of course, none of this would be possible without support from our generous donors and volunteers! Our party sponsors provide the funds to purchase supplies and toys for each party, and our volunteers help us decorate and make each party special. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a birthday or holiday party this year. If you would like to sponsor an upcoming party you can donate here, and specify in the comments section that you would like your donation to be used for a birthday/holiday party. Thank you for helping us celebrate our chimps, and for loving them as much as we do!

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