Rhesus Macaques


The rhesus monkey, as this familiar Old World monkey is often known, is said to be native to more territory across the planet than any primate but humans—a range that stretches from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the west to India, Nepal, Thailand, China, and other nearby countries. In fact, these medium-sized monkeys have successfully adapted to grasslands, woodlands, mountains, swamps, and nearly every other sort of environment, including urban areas, where they’re not shy about pestering humans for leftover sandwiches and other handouts. In their more natural environments, where they occupy both the land and trees, they’re partial to leaves and other vegetation. With their brownish coats and pink, hairless faces, rhesus macaques are among the most familiar of all monkeys, their place in history secured after NASA put them aboard rockets during the early days of the space program. They’re also extensively used in medical research.



Resident

Sawyer was born at the PRC on April 15, 2005, to our shock the first accidental offspring of Dewey and Bailey. He loves to investigate new toys.

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Resident

Jane, who shares a birthday with her namesake Jane Goodall, was born on the property on April 3, 2006 from the accidental pairing of Dewey and Bailey.

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Resident

Dewey, a former lab monkey from Michigan, arrived at the PRC in 1997 at the age of 10. Dewey had endured years of invasive experimental procedures.

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