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.
We are gearing up for an amazing day of giving just for apes! This year the Primate Rescue Center is participating in Giving Day for Apes on October 15th, 2019. This worldwide giving day specifically for apes, hosted by the Arcus Foundation and the Global...Read More
We recently launched our newest fundraiser on Facebook in hopes that all of our followers will take an active roll in providing sanctuary for the monkeys and apes at the PRC! It can be difficult to think about giving your hard earned cash to a charity, but we hope...Read More
Get to know one of the PRC residents while supporting their daily needs through a symbolic adoption. As a nonprofit sanctuary, our fundraising efforts can never cease! Although we are incredibly grateful that each resident at the PRC now has a Pal, we will always...Read More
The Primate Rescue Center is surrounded by lush green landscape that provides a shaded and secluded setting. Not only does this provide a peaceful sanctuary home for the residents, it offers access to lots of yummy browse for their diet! The bulk of the primates...Read More
The hot summer days have arrived here at the PRC! With many days exceeding 90°, we are making sure all of the residents are staying cool and enjoying some summer fun. Noelle enjoys snacking on frozen slices of jackfruit. Jenny runs through the cool mist...Read More