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.
The Primate Rescue Center rescued its first monkey, Gizmo, in 1987 and began a journey which has now spanned 34 years and given refuge to hundreds of primates along the way.
Attentive parenting appears across the animal world, but adoption is rarer, especially when youngsters taken in aren’t kin. Now researchers have witnessed bonobos adopting infants from outside of their own communities.
Thirteen-year-old Joshi has spent his entire life in a British safari park, but he's now being given a new start - and family - in the jungle of Congo-Brazzaville.
The bigger a male gorilla, the better he is at beating his chest to signal to friends and foe just how powerful he is, scientists have confirmed.
Millions of years ago, the oceans presented a formidable barrier to the spread of primates – but were ultimately no match. Did rafts of vegetation help them conquer the globe?
New research is revealing more about chimp motherhood, vital knowledge that can help conserve the endangered species.
Culture, once considered exclusive to humans, turns out to be widespread in nature.
‘We have to do right by them’ Rescue center misses fundraising during pandemic, but offers Primate Pal Program for those who want to help
As most nonprofits will attest to, the Primate Rescue Center in Jessamine County has been hit hard by the global health pandemic. It wasn’t able to have fundraisers last year, nor offer any of its outreach programs to educate the public.
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.
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."