Welcome to our 2024 Member Event information page!


We’re so excited to welcome you to the sanctuary coming up on Saturday, June 8 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Below you’ll find all the details you need to know for the event, and please feel free to reach out to us at events@primaterescue.org if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

Event Information


Plan Your Visit

Parking for the event will be at 2515 BETHEL RD., Nicholasville, KY 40356. Take Bethel Rd/Hwy 1268 off of US 27 south. Our parking area is on the left about 3 miles down Bethel Road. Parking will be in a grassy field and parking attendants will be there to guide you to your parking spot. Please let a parking attendant know if you need special assistance. 

Once you have parked, make your way to the Event Registration area where you should bring the Event Pass you received via mail. Don’t worry if you happen to forget your pass – we’ll be able to look you up in our system.

The Event Pass you received will indicate your membership level and how many individuals may visit the sanctuary using your pass. Children 5 years old and under are free. Any additional visitors beyond your membership level will be an additional $20 donation per person 18 and older, or an additional $10 donation per person 6-17 years old.

Event Passes are transferrable! If you are unable to attend the event, feel free to give your event pass to a friend or family member!

Bus transportation to and from the sanctuary will begin at 12:00pm. The last bus down to the sanctuary will leave the registration area at 4:30pm. The sanctuary will close at 5:00pm for all guests. A wheelchair accessible bus will be available.

No pets or service animals are allowed on sanctuary grounds. This is for the safety of the primates, as well as for the safety of your beloved animal.

Portable restrooms are available at both the sanctuary and the parking/registration area locations.

Cash, check and credit cards are accepted for all purchases or donations during the event.


Event Attractions

Tour of the sanctuary – a self-guided, peaceful experience available anytime between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. The line to get into the event at Registration may be longer between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, however we strive to get you to the sanctuary as quickly as possible. For a shorter wait time, you may wish to come after 2:00pm.

PRC Gift Shop – located near the Registration area.  Support the apes and monkeys by purchasing some PRC logo items – T-shirts, tote bags, water bottles, mugs and much more! Gift shop will be open from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. You can also Become a Primate Pal and sponsor a primate’s sanctuary life for one year. Your sponsorship will help provide food, enrichment, and medical care for your Pal. You will also receive seasonal updates about what your Pal is up to at the sanctuary.

Kids Area – located at the sanctuary. Bring the kids by for face painting, a treasure box, and a coloring/activity booklet – and it’s all free! Adults are welcome to join the fun!

Raffle Tickets – located at the sanctuary. One ticket for only $5, or buy in bulk to increase your chances of winning a great prize -12 tickets for $50, or 25 tickets for $100. The Grand Prize is a $1,000 Delta Airlines gift card!  Each prize has a corresponding ticket collection box where you can choose which prize you would like to add your ticket(s) for a chance to win. We will draw winning tickets after the event live on our Facebook page Sunday, June 9 at 11:00am EST and post that video of the drawing on our social media page. Winners will be contacted via phone to arrange for prize delivery.

Silent Auction – located at the sanctuary. Place your bid on many unique items from around the community, including original chimpanzee artwork! Bidding closes at 4:30pm. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be contacted via phone to arrange for payment and prize delivery.

Concession Stand – located at the sanctuary. Serving snacks, snow cones, water, and lemonade.


Event Timetable

First bus down to the sanctuary – 12:00pm

Caregiver Talk at the Chimp Outdoor Enclosure –  3:00pm

Silent Auction Closes – 4:30pm

Last Bus Down to the Sanctuary – 4:30pm

Last Bus Leaves the Sanctuary – 5:00pm


Safety Reminders

Temporary barriers will be in place at the sanctuary to maintain safe distances from the primate enclosures. Some primates are more sensitive to new faces, so we have taken measures to give them more privacy. Not all sanctuary residents will be available to view during your time at the sanctuary; however, please do not hesitate to ask about any of the primates. We have a highly-trained and dedicated caregiving staff who provide individualized care to each of our residents. We love to answer questions and talk about the remarkable recovery stories of the apes and monkeys living at the PRC!

For the safety of our PRC Members and the sanctuary residents, DO NOT cross any barriers for ANY reason. If you need assistance, just ask a PRC staff member or volunteer.

We ask that you be respectful of the primates – this is their home.

  • Do not yell or make loud noises at the primates.
  • Do not attempt to feed, touch, or throw anything to any primate.
  • Do not reach towards any primate enclosure.
  • Do not climb on any structures.

Keep children close by when viewing any primate areas.

Do not try to pet or chase the peafowl—but they do love to have their photos taken!

Please dispose of your trash or recyclables in the containers provided.

No smoking, tobacco use, or vaping allowed on sanctuary grounds.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Primate Rescue Center!