Sawyer is a male rhesus macaque who was born on April 15, 2005. We know his exact birthdate because Sawyer was actually born at the sanctuary to Dewey and Bailey. We vasectomize all the males at the Primate Rescue Center to prevent breeding, but Dewey’s surgery was unsuccessful. Actually, the surgery failed twice; Sawyer has a younger sister, Jane, who was also born to Dewey and Bailey. Sawyer and his sister have had a chance at something most of our residents were denied: the chance to be raised by their own mother. Sawyer still lives with his sister and mother Bailey, but Dewey was moved to live with another monkey at the sanctuary after Sawyer and Dewey were no longer able to live together peacefully.

Because Sawyer and Jane were never raised or handled by humans, they are quite indifferent to the caregivers and are perfectly content to spend their time with each other. Sawyer is a very quiet monkey who loves to observe his neighbors and sunbathe in his outdoor enclosure. He keeps watch over his sister and mother and alerts the group when caregivers are on their way with tasty fruits and vegetables. Sawyer is a very tall and lanky monkey, with a sweet face and kind eyes. He loves to groom his mother and sister and the group will often end up in a grooming “train” so that no one is left out.

Fall Fun at the PRC

Fall is upon us. The shortened days, crisp, cooler air, and the changing landscape from bold green to shades of warm amber, deep scarlet and sepia gold mark the beginning of many changes and inspirations at the sanctuary. The nutrition and enrichment programs at...

Sharing the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! At the Primate Rescue Center, we are so fortunate to have supporters who show us love. Whether it’s by sharing our social media posts, donating to our fundraisers or sending goodies for the primates – we feel the love! We are so grateful and...

A Primate Pal for the Holidays

It’s that time of year when everyone is in search of the perfect gift for their loved ones and friends, and the task can become quite daunting. For the animal lover in your life, why not give the gift of sanctuary to a primate who lives at the Primate Rescue Center...

Meet Jane: One Feisty Female

Jane is a rhesus macaque who is one of two primates born at the Primate Rescue Center—despite our preventative measures. Each non-human male primate living at the sanctuary undergoes a vasectomy procedure by our veterinarian to prevent births in captivity. We still...

A Mother’s Love

When we think of Mother’s Day, it’s usually a day to spend time with mothers and show them our appreciation and love. But not everyone is that lucky. Human, ape, and monkey alike, some of us aren’t able to be with our mother on this special day. Most primates...