It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our dear Suzie.
Suzie was an olive baboon who arrived at the PRC in October of 2009 after more than 20 years of social isolation in a private home. After authorities intervened, she arrived at our sanctuary extremely underweight, with undiagnosed diabetes, and ghostly pale from lack of exposure to the sun. We quickly set about treating her diabetes with proper diet and medication. As her health gradually improved, we were able to introduce her to other primates. She enjoyed spending her afternoons basking in the sunshine, her skin darkening so she resembled her wild counterparts.
Unfortunately, the many years that her diabetes went undiagnosed and untreated took their toll. Ultimately, the effects of this horrible disease were more than her body could overcome. Suzie passed away peacefully on January 23, surrounded by staff who loved her, and with the warmth of the sun shining on her.
As we mourn her loss, we wanted to remember her at her happiest and share some of our favorite photos of her here.
In loving memory of Suzie