Sissy is a female rhesus macaque who was placed for care at the PRC in September 2019 after having lived for many years in a private home in Lawrenceburg, KY. Sissy is a very sweet girl who is in the process of being introduced to two PRC monkey residents so that she can enjoy the benefits of friendship, grooming, and companionship. She is a very vocal girl who loves to chat with her monkey neighbors and sit in the sunshine. Sissy loves blankets, squeaky toys, and small stuffed animals, especially a little gorilla that she carries with her nearly everywhere she goes. She is always very happy to see her caregivers and greets them with an eyebrow raise and soft grunts to say hello. Her favorite foods are bananas, peaches and monkey chow biscuits.

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

We are always looking for exciting enrichment items and encouraging our staff, volunteers, and interns to get creative when enriching the primates’ homes, but there are a few tried and true things that will never get old and can be used in various enrichment projects.

Saving Endangered Bonobos Teaches A Lesson In Empathy

At an animal sanctuary in the Congo, several dozen Congolese schoolchildren are getting a crash course in bonobos. These gentle, endangered apes, who resemble chimpanzees, are "our closest cousins," educator Blaise Mbwaki tells the students in French. "They have a human character, and they are Congolese."

We’re Not the Only Animals Who Feel Grief and Spirituality

It's clear that humans are not the only animals who experience grief and loss and it's narrowly and anthropocentrically arrogant to think we are.1 Along these lines, a new and wide-ranging transdisciplinary book titled Enter the Animal: Cross-species perspectives on grief and spirituality by Dr. Teya Brooks Pribac, an independent scholar and multidisciplinary artist who lives in the Australian Blue Mountains with sheep and other animals, convincingly argues that nonhumans experience loss and embodied experiences, and so do we because we're also animals.

Chimpmas Day Festivities Wrap Up

Thanks to our generous donors, Primate Pals and friends of the PRC who donated tons of toys, gifts and tasty snacks, the chimps and monkeys had an awesome time last month opening all of their presents on “Chimpmas” day.

No more cuddly selfies with our ape cousins, top conservation body warns scientists

The global authority on wildlife protection wants scientists to quit cuddling monkeys on Instagram, holding hands with orangutans in films, and palling around with chimpanzees in publicity photos. In a new set of guidelines released last week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) called on scientists, students, conservationists, and caretakers to stop publishing images that depict themselves in close contact with nonhuman primates.