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.
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
Recycling plastic and cardboard is a great way to help the environment. The less trash that ends up in landfills, the oceans or elsewhere, the better. Putting your plastic bottles in the recycling bin isn’t the only way they can have a second life! At the PRC, we...Read More
The Primate Rescue Center’s Off-Site Volunteer Program is a great opportunity for volunteers near or far of all age ranges who love apes and monkeys. Off-Site Volunteers participate in providing excellent care and enriching experiences to the PRC residents by...Read More
We are committed to giving all of our residents the best nutrition and the healthiest lifestyle possible. We spare no expense to provide organic produce, essential vitamins and supplements, nutrient-rich chow biscuits and other essential dietary requirements for...Read More