The Primate Rescue Center is home to two groups of rescued chimpanzees: seven youngsters who arrived in 1996 from New York University’s Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), which was preparing to shut down, and four elderly survivors of the “Dahlonega 5,” who were rescued in 1998 from a private situation in Georgia in which they had spent decades in squalid conditions.
One of the PRC’s proudest accomplishments is the unification of these two groups, in the summer of 2000. Before the introductions, the adults typically spent their days lazily grooming and napping, while the LEMSIP chimps displayed youthful energy and rambunctiousness. But as the two groups were united into one cohesive unit of eleven, more resembling the social dynamic of a natural troop in the wild, the once-sedentary adults began running, playing, and reprimanding the youngsters for inappropriate behavior. And those youngsters benefited, as well, as the integration enabled more complex interactions and social opportunities.
The LEMSIP chimps are now young adults, and we watch with endless fascination as the males jockey for position in the group’s hierarchy, some of them clearly angling to one day try to claim the alpha spot. Because a chimpanzee may live 50 or more years in the wild, and even longer in captivity, whoever does ascend to that role may have a long reign as leader of the pack.
As we look forward to everything 2019 has in store, we reminisce about the extraordinary memories that were made during the 2018 holiday season. November and December were some of the busiest, and most exciting, months of the year at the Primate Rescue Center. Not...Read More
It’s that time again - Chimpmas is right around the corner! All of the chimps sat down to make their Chimpmas lists and they are so excited to share their requests with you! We will be sharing each chimps' wish on our social media pages but here is the complete...Read More
The Primate Rescue Center receives no direct funding from the government. We rely on donations from passionate individuals to support the apes and monkeys in our care! Like many non-profits, we make the majority of our yearly budget in the last 6 weeks of the...Read More
We are so pleased to now be partnering with our local Whole Foods store located in the Summit at Fritz Farm. We go through a lot of food each week to feed the 9 chimpanzees and over 40 monkeys at the PRC and we are fortunate that a large percentage of their diet is...Read More
Here at the Primate Rescue Center, we process, prepare and feed over 100 pounds of food to the primates each day! Their diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, nutrient-rich chow biscuits and locally grown browse. The apes and monkeys are...Read More