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The Three Amigos!

Melanie Parker September 08, 2017 Comments (0)

One of our most friendly and delightful monkey social groups is Toby, Tonya, and Zoe, a trio of long-tailed macaques who came to the PRC from a variety of situations but have found loving companionship in each other as they spend their days at our peaceful sanctuary.

Toby was born in 1992 and was purchased as a pet in Nevada. As all monkeys do, Toby became difficult for his owners to handle as he approached puberty, and therefore they attempted to “tame” him by having him castrated. Obviously, this was not an appropriate solution for Toby’s energetic and destructive behavior inside a human home, so they contacted the PRC to surrender Toby to the sanctuary where he would have a safe and happy home for his lifetime.

Tonya is estimated to have been born in 1994, as we don’t have exact documentation of her birth. She arrived from a New York University research facility known as LEMSIP (Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates). New York University shut down the experimental laboratory in 1997 and planned to give all its primates to the Coulston Foundation, a notorious biomedical research laboratory in New Mexico with numerous documented USDA violations for the negligent death and improper care of many chimpanzees and monkeys. Luckily for Tonya, over 100 chimps and monkeys were placed in sanctuaries before the majority were sent to Coulston, and she along with seven chimpanzees found refuge at the Primate Rescue Center.

Zoe is estimated to have been born in 1996 and was purchased as a pet in Illinois. Zoe was treated well by her former owners, however, monkeys are exotic, wild, and unpredictable animals and she quickly became aggressive and difficult to care for, attacking her owners several times. She also developed various stereotypies, which are repetitive movements or behaviors that many primates develop as a result of being taken from their mother at birth and are usually exhibited when the animal is attempting to cope with stress. Zoe needed a more appropriate environment where she could be cared for in a sanctuary setting and have social interactions with others of her kind. Zoe came to the PRC in 2001 and has made many great friends at the sanctuary.

Although all three have lived in several different social groups, these three have lived together for many years and are truly devoted to each other. Toby is a kind, gentle group leader and allows the girls to feel confident and comfortable with him. He is known for his happy eyes and beautiful face, and he can often be seen carrying around a beloved stuffed animal, which he usually won’t allow caregivers to take and wash for him until it is a ragged version of its once fluffy self.

Tonya loves to sit near Toby and snuggle with him on cooler mornings. Because of the experimentation she underwent while in the lab, Tonya’s teeth were in very bad shape, and our veterinarian had to humanely remove them to save her from severe infections. Although she is a bit of a slower eater now, she really enjoys almost any fruit or vegetable imaginable and doesn’t let her lack of teeth deter her from having a varied diet. Tonya is also diabetic and receives daily medication to control her blood sugar. We keep a close eye on Tonya’s behavior, energy level, appetite, and weight and test her urine frequently for glucose, protein, blood, and ketone levels in order to manage her diabetes and keep her as healthy as possible.

Zoe is quite the chatterbox and is very reactive to attention from caregivers or from her fellow monkey companions and neighbors, grunting or squealing when she gets a beloved food item or if there is some “monkey drama” going on next door. Although Zoe still occasionally exhibits some stereotypies when she is a little uncomfortable with certain situations, like pulling on her hair or grabbing her feet, she is generally a very happy monkey.  Her bright eyes and fluffy-haired face are enough to cause a smile or squeal from anyone nearby.

These three monkeys’ stories are just a few of the reasons we continue to work toward alleviating the suffering of primates in the pet trade, in laboratories, and in entertainment. Primates should never be kept in any of those unnatural, damaging situations, and our goal is to remain not only a sanctuary for those in need, but also a voice to educate future generations and hopefully end this vicious cycle.

Toby, Tonya, and Zoe are all available to sponsor in our Primate Pal program, or if you’d like to send them a gift, you can check out our Amazon Wish List and purchase an item for them to enjoy that will be sent directly to the sanctuary.

Popping Up at the NoLi Night Market

Becca Banks September 01, 2017 Comments (0)

Because the sanctuary is closed to the public, we look for any and all opportunities to share our mission with the community. Last month, the Primate Rescue Center participated in Lexington's premiere event, the August Night Market. This event is a local, pop-up open-air market in downtown Lexington that takes place on the first Friday evening of every month.

At our booth, we sold merchandise from our gift shop to raise funds for the primates. We had coozies, key chains, tote bags, t-shirts, magnets and quite a few other items enhanced with our logo for sale. Patrons also had the chance to purchase prints of original chimpanzee artwork! Visitors were happy to shop from our booth knowing that 100% of the proceeds would go towards the care of deserving primates close-by.


Left to right: Elizabeth Hayes (intern), Becca Banks (caregiver), Natalie Park (intern), Eileen Dunnington (Executive director), Caitlyn Hume (intern) and Jessica Seals (intern).

We also had the opportunity to speak with locals about the sanctuary and our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and aide in the recovery of captive primates in need across the nation. Fortunately, we made a lot of new friends because the block was entirely packed with people! Some visitors even took advantage of a rare opportunity to bid on a private tour of the sanctuary! The lucky couple with the winning bid was thrilled for the opportunity to score such an exclusive introduction to the sanctuary and primate residents. 

We were so pleased to be a part of Lexington’s August Night Market, and we look forward to participating again in the near future! Make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for any announcements about future events and community programs.

PRC Memorial Garden - To Always Remember

Scott Roseberry August 25, 2017 Comments (0)

At the beginning of summer, we began planning and constructing a memorial garden as a way to honor and always remember the primates we have lost over the years. We started by choosing a tree near the chimp enclosure as a focal point for the garden, then lined the tree with decorative stone and mulch and created a spiral of stones extending out from the tree base. This spiral of stones will display the names of all the beloved primates who spent their final years living at the PRC, and will be where we bury their ashes (all deceased primates are respectfully cremated).  In the middle of the spiral will be a beautiful birdbath. This will be a place where people who knew these residents can come to remember their life in sanctuary, or for those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing them, they may reflect on the legacy they have left behind. Because the garden is located next to the chimp enclosure, they will never be far from their friends and family.

One monkey who will be honored in this memorial garden is Gizmo. Gizmo was the very first primate to be rescued by PRC founders April Truitt and Clay Miller, and thus began the journey of hundreds of primates to be rescued and rehabilitated by the PRC since 1987. 

The construction is ongoing and we hope to have the garden completed by the end of the summer. We look forward to finishing this project and having a proper memorial for these beautiful souls who brought so much life, love, and laughter to all those who encountered them.

Please contact us if you would like to make a donation toward the memorial garden or in memory of any sanctuary resident who has passed.

Tasty Summer Treats!!!

Tori Himes August 19, 2017 Comments (0)

Here at the PRC, one of the most important things we provide for our primate residents is new and sometimes tasty enrichment! Enrichment is important because it helps increase the animals’ physical and mental activity levels. Enrichment can be anything from unusual smells to new toys or frozen treats!

With the hot summer months upon us, frozen enrichment is a fantastic way to help everyone cool down. One of our residents' favorite frozen enrichment recipes is Banana Popcicles. We simply chop up some bananas and place them in small paper cups. Then we pour some diluted all-natural juice into the cups and freeze overnight. 

Cysgo capuchin is really enjoying his frozen treat! Using his sharp teeth to bite into the ice and break out the pieces of banana is a fun and enriching experience.

If you would like to donate enrichment items to our monkeys and chimps, check out our Amazon Wishlist. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see pictures and videos of our residents enjoying their enrichment!

Celebrating our Beloved Friends: How we pay tribute to chimps who have passed away.

Laura Clifford August 10, 2017 Comments (0)

The hardest part of caring for animals is having to say goodbye to them. When we take this job we know that death is an inevitable part of it, but that knowledge doesn’t make it any easier. Over the last year we have experienced our first chimp losses, which were some of the hardest losses we have ever endured. I am frequently asked what we do in the event of an animal death so I thought I would take some time to address that here, and give you a glimpse into that process.

When our residents die we have them cremated, and we spread their ashes in our memorial garden. Before we do that, we like to take some time to reflect on their lives and the time they spent at the PRC. Each resident becomes a beloved member of the PRC family, and they are dearly missed when their time with us comes to an end. Our staff and volunteers like to take time to say goodbye to each individual and it is comforting to be able to return their remains to a place where they were cared for daily, and were so deeply loved. Our life's work is to alleviate the suffering of primates, and it is an honor to be able to do that for the monkeys and chimps in our care.

When we lose one of our chimps it is important for us to allow the other chimps to say their goodbyes and give them the chance to grieve over their loss as well. Both Hazel and Pozna died very suddenly after unexpected medical emergencies. In both cases, the chimp had been separated from the rest of the troop and our expert medical team was called upon for proper care. Since they were out of the enclosure, once they passed, we placed the body on a table outside of a section of caging so that the other chimps could see and touch their friend. In each instance some of the chimps became very visibly upset, while others just sat quietly and looked at their deceased friend. Some of them wanted to touch the hands and feet of their friend to try and wake them up, but once they realized they would not be able to wake them, they slowly started to leave the room. Some would linger for longer and even lay down beside the body, lightly touching their hands and feet. We have a fairly small group of chimps, so each loss is felt in a big way, and our chimps are greatly affected.

Another way we honor our lost chimps is by paying tribute to them on their birthdays. We go all out on the chimps' birthdays and throw big parties with themes that we know the birthday boy or girl will really enjoy. We still want to celebrate the chimps we have lost, so on their birthdays we throw a party for the group and place photos of our departed friend all over the walls and on posters so that the other chimps can see them and remember. It's a small way for us to celebrate the time we got to spend with them before they passed, and a great way to help keep their memories alive within the troop.

As caregivers we get to know our animals on a deep level, and we truly love each of the amazing animals that we have the honor of serving. It is nearly impossible to do this job without becoming emotionally invested, especially when working with primates who have very distinct and unique personalities. We know their favorite foods, favorite toys, games and even their favorite movies in some cases. We work hard to build trust and to work to restore some of what was taken from them when they were in labs or being kept as pets. That work naturally produces a bond, and it is very hard when we have to say goodbye. But with the pain of loss comes an immense amount of gratitude. We are forever grateful to have been a part of each animal's life, and it is an honor and a privilege to care for them. Caring for them for the rest of their lives is our mission, so when that time comes and we get to the end of a life, we are able to grieve for what we have lost, but also celebrate what has been achieved - true sanctuary.

Hazel

Pozna

Jumpstart your career with a PRC Internship!

Melanie Parker August 02, 2017 Comments (0)

The internship program at the Primate Rescue Center is an amazing opportunity for individuals who are interested in learning about primate care to immerse themselves in the daily hustle and bustle of life at a primate sanctuary. Food preparation, cleaning of enclosures, creating enrichment, and observing primate behavior, caregiver tasks, and medical exams are a major part of our internship program.

This summer we were thrilled to host five interns for the months of June – August, and were delighted with their level of interest, enthusiasm for learning, excellent work ethic, and general friendly demeanor, as well as how well they worked together as a group.

Pictured left to right: Samantha Hilty, Elizabeth Hayes, Jessica Seals, Caitlyn Hume, Liz Unkraut

Jessica Seals is from Liberty, IN and attends school at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She has already completed one Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology, and is working towards her second degree in Biology with a concentration in Zoology. Growing up, Jessica’s family instilled in her the mindset that all animals deserve to be treated with respect, and therefore animal welfare has always been important in her life. After a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo as a college undergrad, Jessica fell in love with the gorillas, especially a newborn infant in the group. This solidified her decision to become a zookeeper or a caregiver at a primate sanctuary.
When asked what her favorite part of her PRC internship has been, Jessica remarked on how much she’s enjoyed getting to know the unique personalities of all the primates who live at the sanctuary, especially the chimps. She also loves creating enrichment items to put in the various enclosures after cleaning, and seeing the primates enjoy and investigate their new items.
From the beginning of her internship, Jessica fell for Cory chimpanzee. He was the first chimp she was able to identify (partly because he’s always the one making the most noise), and she admires how he can go from rambunctious to super sweet and interactive in the blink of an eye. Because Jessica lived on property, she has also had the privilege of observing the chimps in the evenings in their outdoor enclosure, where Cory tends to spend most of his time.

Caitlyn Hume is practically a local, living just up the road in Lancaster, KY and will soon be finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Studies at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. As a child, Caitlyn was always an animal lover, and hoped to someday become a zookeeper. Now on the verge of graduating, her dreams are still following that same path as Caitlyn hopes to work in a sanctuary or zoo as an animal caregiver. In her free time, she enjoys reading a good book, playing with her dog and cat, and doing some online shopping. As a PRC intern, Caitlyn has enjoyed getting to know the personalities of all the animals at the sanctuary, and was excited to find that although she knew that primates are extremely smart, observing them in person took her understanding and awe of them to a whole new level.
When asked who her favorite chimp and monkey have been during her time at the sanctuary, she described her interest in Ike chimpanzee and Caleb vervet. “Ike is my favorite chimp. He has this aloof attitude like he doesn’t care about humans, but if you’re lucky he shows you how sweet and playful he really is under his mysterious exterior. And I love that Caleb vervet is always excited to see everyone and is so flirty. Not to mention very handsome!”.

Samantha Hilty grew up in Houston, TX, and as a child was obsessed with catching lizards and snakes in her yard, and was inspired by Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin on TV. Although her goals within the field have changed since she was a 5 year old, her love for animals still rings true.
Samantha attends the University of Texas in Austin, TX, with majors in Environmental Science and Biological Science. She plans to attend veterinary school in the fall of 2019 after she graduates, and hopes to continue working with primates as a vet in either a sanctuary or wildlife reserve setting.
When asked what she most enjoyed about her PRC internship, Samantha spoke of a lifelong dream fulfilled, after having read about chimpanzees for years and always hoping to work with or near them. Some favorite moments of hers were watching Cory use his grass forage board with utmost concentration, and doing laundry in the chimp kitchen as Noelle pulled a barrel up to the window nearby to watch her fold blankets. Samantha also remarked on what an incredible experience it was to work with all the PRC staff, volunteers, and fellow interns, and how much she enjoyed listening to everyone’s stories, and insight on primate care, making every day fun and memorable.
In addition to a fondness for Cory, Noelle, and Jenny chimp for her mischievous and playful personality, Samantha also bonded with Dewey rhesus macaque and Mandy Sulawesi macaque. “They both have adorable personalities. Mandy is so vocal and her Mohawk really suits her, and Dewey seems like a total sweetheart – his commitment to Bubbles long-tailed macaque is admirable.”

Before becoming an intern at the PRC, Liz Unkraut joined the volunteer team in December 2016 and instantly loved the sanctuary environment. After learning about the internship program, Liz realized that becoming an intern would be a great way to get even more of the experience she needed to achieve her future career goals, so she made the switch from volunteer to intern and we were delighted to have even more time with Liz at the sanctuary.
Liz grew up in Florence, KY, and always felt that when she was helping animals she was doing something good for the world; fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves.
Liz graduated with a Psychology degree from Northern Kentucky University, and now has her mind set on becoming a caregiver at a primate sanctuary. In her free time she enjoys wildlife photography, and hiking/camping.
As an intern, Liz feels that the most rewarding thing has been seeing how much of a difference the PRC is making in the primates’ lives, and learning more about the care that they receive each day.
Although she had a tough time choosing favorites, Liz has bonded closely with Jenny chimpanzee and Breanna rhesus macaque. “Jenny has such a fun and silly personality. I love her silly faces, and the way that she interacts with her caregivers. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s so cute. And I love how sweet Breanna is to the caregivers and her monkey companions.”

Elizabeth Hayes will be staying on with us for an extended time, as she is our second ever Long-Term Intern, living on-site and getting a glimpse of life at the sanctuary through a couple of seasons. Elizabeth grew up in Cleveland, TN near Chattanooga, and attended college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology this past May. As a young girl, Elizabeth and her siblings adopted many rescue animals. This fostered respect, concern, and kindness that grew into a lifelong goal of helping to make a difference in the lives of animals, wild and captive. As an intern at another facility, Elizabeth learned about the decision the National Institutes of Health had made regarding the retirement of federally-owned chimpanzees from research, and she quickly realized that being a great ape caregiver was the career path for her. She also remarked that she “loves learning the primates’ different personalities and thought processes, and would like to find a way to make it clear to the public that we can appreciate their intelligence in a natural setting rather than trying to compare theirs to human intelligence through unnatural and harmful experiments.”
Elizabeth has been enjoying many parts of her internship experience, but especially likes using her creativity to help with enriching the various primate enclosures, based on the needs, habits, and movements of individuals living here. Preparing chimp lunch and monkey dinner is also a favorite task, and Elizabeth is always excited to find out if the primates have approved of her recipe. Even though it was extremely difficult for Elizabeth to pick a favorite primate at the sanctuary, she expressed a fondness for Jenny chimpanzee because of her playful personality and ability to spit mouthfuls of water with great accuracy, and Dewey rhesus macaque because of his sweet heart, despite his painful past before coming to the sanctuary.

The PRC staff is so thankful to all our interns for their hard work, creativity, and dedication to excellent care of the primates this summer. We know they will continue to be advocates for animals in need, and we hope that they will take what they have learned during their PRC internship and use it to further their career goals while making a difference in the lives of animals.

For more information about the PRC Internship Program, check out this LINK to our website and take a look at the internship requirements and application packet.

My Intern Experience by Natalie Park

Eileen Dunnington July 22, 2017 Comments (0)

When I decided that my career path must include animals, I began doing research of local sanctuaries. To my surprise, there was a primate rescue right here in Kentucky! I did not have any experience working in a sanctuary, let alone one with primates. With my love for animals, I knew this internship program would be a great fit for me. I was ecstatic when I applied and was chosen to be a spring intern.

When I first arrived at the PRC, I was nervous, excited, scared, and eager, but most importantly ready to help in the caretaking of the primates. After my first day, I could already tell that I was going to love it. I remember coming home and talking to my roommates for hours about how inspired I am by the PRC and their purpose. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work at a rescue that cares so much about the well-being and comfort of their animals.

When I began my training, I was so impressed with how all the staff was able to identify all primates by their names. At the beginning of my internship I was struggling to catch on to their names and faces, but in a few short weeks, I was able to identify all 9 chimps! My advice to future interns is not to get discouraged if you don’t catch on to something right away.  It is a learning experience and the staff is great and there to help!

As an intern, I had many duties that kept me busy throughout the day. I especially enjoyed creating enrichment for the chimps. One of my favorite enrichment items I created was large lawn bags that I stuffed with pine shavings, straw, and some treats like dried fruit, lettuce heads, or coconuts. Cory especially liked these bags and could not hold back his excitement as he ripped them open!

           

Fast forward 3 months and I have learned more than I ever thought possible. I absolutely fell in love with all the animals living at the PRC. My favorite part of this whole experience is how much I learned. Every day I learned something new; whether it was from the staff, volunteers, or even the chimps themselves. This is a great educational experience that I am so grateful to be a part of. With teary eyes, I am approaching the end of my internship at the PRC. All the staff, animals and memories are something I will keep in my heart forever. Thank you to the PRC for all the knowledge I will carry with me into my future career!

         

Celebrating 30 Years at Member Event 2017

Becca Banks July 13, 2017 Comments (0)

We had another great Member Event! This year, we had the honor of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the sanctuary with our dedicated donors in attendance. With over 450 visitors, this year’s event was record breaking with over $12,000 raised that will benefit the primates for years to come. Guests were shuttled down to the sanctuary grounds and decided what section to check out first – perhaps the gift shop or concessions caught their attention, but the most alluring view was that of the 50 primates residing in enclosures around the property.

We love that when members visit, they have the opportunity to see first hand how their donations are making a difference in the lives of the residents. Staff and volunteers are always excited to show visitors the new and exciting enrichment items, the stock of fresh produce, whole grains and tasty nuts in the kitchen and the beautiful property that the primates call home.

The gift shop was a big hit this year with tons of PRC merchandise up for grabs. The concession stand, staffed by long-time supporters Pete & Shelia Garcia and Cheryl & Terry Parson, stayed busy as hungry and thirsty patrons visited for refreshments. Guests also got to participate in the live and silent auctions as well as the raffle. Raffle prizes this year included specialty wines, airline tickets and novelty gift baskets. Thanks to the generosity of so many donors (listed below), the silent auction had nearly 30 items to bid on! The live auction is always exciting, but this year was particularly nail biting as interested bidders fought for a one-of-a-kind painting of Ike chimpanzee by local artist Alec Ganesha.

 

So many hands went into making this day possible. Many thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers, without whom we simply could not have done it. The volunteers endured the hot weather with smiles on their faces to help us make the event one of the best yet – thank you all! We would also like to thank and recognize our fantastic members for showing your support to the sanctuary and our cause with your presence and your donations. We honestly can’t thank you enough, and we hope to see you again next year! 

Last, but definitely not least, we would like to recognize and thank those who sponsored the event:

21c Hotel
A1 Portables
Actors Theatre
Ale-8-One Bottling Company
Alec Ganesha
Alternative Jewelry -- Danny & Libby Barnes
AMC Classic Theatre
Amie LeMaster
Animal Hospital of Nicholasville
Barefoot in Kentucky
Big Ass Fans
Bluegrass Hospitality Group
Bonnie Meyer Day
Central Bank
Cincinnati Reds
City Barbeque
Clay’s Mill Baptist Church – Mike Dunn
Dennis Parrish – Artist
Designs and Cool Finds
Domino's Pizza, Nicholasville
Fayette Gallery – Jenny Guidry
Garcia Concrete Construction -- Pete & Shelia Garcia
Goff Southeast Tents
Goin’ 8pe
Hayden Company -- Bill & Linda Hayden
Hickman Creek Kennels – Lisa Scott
High Bridge Spring Water
Hiking RRG – Mike Johnson
Hyatt Regency Lexington
Indianapolis Colts
Ips Chips
Janice Girardi Sterling Silver
Jon Elliott
Karen Young
Kentucky for Kentucky
Kroger – Nicholasville, Bellerive and Brannon Crossing
Landscapers Corner -- Elaine & Bill Pence
Lauren Graziano -- Artist
Lexington Legends
Lockmasters Security Institute
Louisville Sluggers Museum
M & E Specialty Contracting -- Jack & Lynn Osborne
Mt. Freedom Church – Nathan Elliot
NatalieShopCo
Nate’s Coffee
Park Printing – Tim Park
Pet Wants
Pies and Pints
Picaboo
Raising Cane's
Retta Art and Design
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Short Cuts Grooming
Southern Communications – Mike Mufuno
Spider Monkey Spirits
Shawn Kayley Sullivan
Talon Winery
Unstoppable Guitar System
Watts Realtors and Auctioneers -- Ken Watts
Yellow Leaf Design Shop – Melanie Parker
Young Living -- Laura Clifford

Come for a Visit!

Laura Clifford June 13, 2017 Comments (0)

We are just under a week away from our Annual Member Event, so time is quickly running out to purchase or renew your membership! This year’s event will be held on June 17th at 1pm.

This event is a unique opportunity for you to come to the sanctuary to visit the animals and get an up-close look at the high quality care we are able to provide through your generous donations. Members will have the chance to visit our gift shop, win raffle and auction items, purchase refreshments, and there will be games, crafts, and face painting for the kids!

Not sure how to become a member? There are various ways to purchase a membership that you can choose from:

- Visit our online donation page, click the drop down menu under “Membership Levels,” and choose your membership. In order to get an invitation to the event you must sign up for at least the individual membership, which starts at $35. This level will get you a pass for two adults (children 12 and under are free). Once you sign up online your event pass will be saved in our system for when you arrive on the day of the event.


- You can mail a check or money order. An Individual membership is $35 (two adults), a Family membership is $75 (four adults), guests of members are $20 each. Feeling more generous? We also offer higher giving levels - please see our website for details.


- You can sign up for our Primate Pals virtual adoption program. This program allows you to select a specific primate resident and sponsor a year of their care. Our adoption package includes a photo and certificate suitable for framing and a one-year family membership. We will also send you updates on how your Primate Pal is doing so you can get to know more about his/her daily activities and life at the sanctuary.

Contact us if you have any questions about becoming a member, or about the upcoming event. We hope to see you there!

An Egg-cellent Lunch Recipe

Melanie Parker May 12, 2017 Comments (0)

The primate residents at the PRC are always so excited to see what the caregivers, interns, and volunteers have cooked up each day for the chimps’ lunch and the monkeys’ dinner. Recently, we were happy to receive a large in-kind donation from longtime donor Duff Ortman and his “little brother” Christian. The donation included nuts, pine shavings, toys, and dozens of eggs!
Inspired by the delicious eggs that all the primates love, I decided to cook up a new recipe that not only is tasty for monkeys and chimps, but could also be slightly modified (in smaller portions) to cook in your own home for family.

Ingredients

32 eggs (about 8 cups)
3 cups 1% milk
1 tablespoon black pepper
3 teaspoons minced garlic
9 cups cooked, diced potatoes
6 cups diced green onion
8 cups diced tomato
(I didn’t use it in this recipe, but shredded cheese would be a nice addition☺)

  

Directions

1. Beat eggs with the milk then cook in an electric skillet, stirring frequently. Add in the garlic and pepper and stir well.

    

2. Chop all cooked potatoes, tomatoes, and green onion. Toss to mix the vegetables together well.

    

3. Mix together the eggs and the tossed vegetables. Now is also when you could add in some shredded cheese as a tasty option☺

4. We serve the chimps their lunch in 8oz. paper cups, and the monkeys their dinner portion in a 2oz. paper cup, so next I dished out the finished product into all of the primates’ cups.

5. Finally, I place all of the monkey cups into a bin so that we can take it with us in the golf cart to distribute at dinnertime, and the chimp cups go into paper bags along with their portion of primate chow biscuits. We label all the paper bags so that each chimp has their own bag with their correct amount of chow. Donald and Ike each get 2 full cups, so we split that into 2 bags for each. We also keep an extra cup/bag ready in case anyone’s lunch bag gets dropped or stolen by another chimp (which rarely happens).

If you are interested in learning more about the PRC primates’ diets, or would like to contribute an in-kind donation of food items, please contact us HERE.

 

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