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An Egg-cellent Lunch Recipe

Melanie Parker May 12, 2017 Comments (0)

The primate residents at the PRC are always so excited to see what the caregivers, interns, and volunteers have cooked up each day for the chimps’ lunch and the monkeys’ dinner. Recently, we were happy to receive a large in-kind donation from longtime donor Duff Ortman and his “little brother” Christian. The donation included nuts, pine shavings, toys, and dozens of eggs!
Inspired by the delicious eggs that all the primates love, I decided to cook up a new recipe that not only is tasty for monkeys and chimps, but could also be slightly modified (in smaller portions) to cook in your own home for family.


32 eggs (about 8 cups)
3 cups 1% milk
1 tablespoon black pepper
3 teaspoons minced garlic
9 cups cooked, diced potatoes
6 cups diced green onion
8 cups diced tomato
(I didn’t use it in this recipe, but shredded cheese would be a nice addition☺)



1. Beat eggs with the milk then cook in an electric skillet, stirring frequently. Add in the garlic and pepper and stir well.


2. Chop all cooked potatoes, tomatoes, and green onion. Toss to mix the vegetables together well.


3. Mix together the eggs and the tossed vegetables. Now is also when you could add in some shredded cheese as a tasty option☺

4. We serve the chimps their lunch in 8oz. paper cups, and the monkeys their dinner portion in a 2oz. paper cup, so next I dished out the finished product into all of the primates’ cups.

5. Finally, I place all of the monkey cups into a bin so that we can take it with us in the golf cart to distribute at dinnertime, and the chimp cups go into paper bags along with their portion of primate chow biscuits. We label all the paper bags so that each chimp has their own bag with their correct amount of chow. Donald and Ike each get 2 full cups, so we split that into 2 bags for each. We also keep an extra cup/bag ready in case anyone’s lunch bag gets dropped or stolen by another chimp (which rarely happens).

If you are interested in learning more about the PRC primates’ diets, or would like to contribute an in-kind donation of food items, please contact us HERE.


New interns spring into action!

Tori Himes April 27, 2017 Comments (0)

We would like to welcome some new faces to the PRC’s Intern Team!

Joining us from Chicago, Illinois this Spring is Natalie Park. Natalie currently attends the University of Kentucky. She is a junior and working on earning her degree in Biology. She aspires to some day work for a rescue facility or a zoo. When she isn’t hitting the books, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to baseball games. Since starting her internship, she has become especially fond of Zulu chimpanzee because of her sweet personality. Natalie is always yearning to learn more. One of her favorite aspects of the internship is leaning everything she can about the primates. Everyday she observes something new!

Another Spring intern is Elle Beery. Elle is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. Elle is a freshman at Asbury College and currently earning her degree in Biology. She also plays on the Asbury Women’s soccer team. After college, Elle hopes to one day work in an animal sanctuary. During her free time, she enjoys watching or playing basketball, and spending time with her friends. Zulu’s sweet nature and her love to blow kisses has won over Elle’s heart. Elle’s favorite aspect of the internship is learning all about  the monkey and chimps’ unique personalities. The carestaff is also a big part of why Elle loves interning at the PRC because they care so much about the animals and the team.

We are so excited to have both Elle and Natalie on board to represent the PRC as interns this spring!

The 3-month internship is a great opportunity for students to train under experienced carestaff as well as a way to gain valuable skills for those interested in a career in primate husbandry.


Anyone curious about our internship program should follow this LINK to learn more and see if the program could be a good fit for you!

Anyone interested in reading more about Zulu chimpanzee can follow this LINK.

Andi’s Journey: No Longer Just a Number

Becca Banks April 17, 2017 Comments (0)

In 2015, a male rhesus macaque was found roaming loose in Bath County, KY. Unsure of where he came from or why he was wandering a residential area, Fish and Wildlife officers captured the lost monkey and brought him to the Primate Rescue Center. He was extremely underweight, lethargic and had a tattoo on his chest with the number sequence “0805355.” The tattoo indicates that he spent some time in a biomedical research lab, but his past still remains much of a mystery. Formerly referred to as “Mystery Monkey 0805355” by the media, this handsome macaque was given the name Andi. When Andi arrived at the Primate Rescue Center, he was quarantined and given a thorough medical examination.

Andi, Day 1 at the Primate Rescue Center

Veterinarians giving Andi a medical examination

These exams are given to all incoming primates to check their current state of health. First, as we do with any primate during a medical exam, Andi was sedated. Then, we weighed him, checked his vitals and tested for any contagious diseases (such as tuberculosis). Once Andi received a clean bill of health and cleared quarantine, we began introducing him to a female macaque named Breanna so that he could have the companionship that all primates deserve.

Breanna, PRC resident since 2010

Introducing primates to one another is always a slow, delicate process. We ease them into it to ensure that both primates are ready and willing to interact with one another in a friendly manner. After all, whether raised in a private home or a research facility, they may not have seen or had contact with another monkey in years! Initially, Andi and Breanna were in separate cages that were a few feet apart. Once they got comfortable seeing each other often, we moved the enclosures closer together and connected them with a tunnel, but kept the tunnel doors shut. Then, we let them make the decision—either they would show us that they wanted to be together or not. One day, we saw Breanna and Andi reach out for one another through the tunnel, and it was clear to us then that they were ready to be introduced. We opened the tunnel door and Breanna approached Andi. Andi allowed Breanna to come up close and before we knew it they were grooming one another: success!

Breanna (top) and Andi (bottom)

Andi and Breanna spend almost every day outside. They love the fresh air and the sun on their faces. Like many monkey couples, Andi and Breanna spend the majority of their time throughout the day apart. While Breanna munches on leftover breakfast, Andi likes to lounge on his mat and watch the water in the creek float by. It’s during the night that they come together. Breanna and Andi wait for the sun to set, then make their way inside and snuggle up to stay toasty warm.

Andi’s journey from lab subject, to roaming at-large in Bath County, to a socially-enriched life at the Primate Rescue Center is certainly astounding. The tattoo etched into his skin hints at the hardships of his past life. However, a healthy coat of hair now hides the ink and his life at the Primate Rescue Center is filled with an abundance of food and toys, the warm Kentucky sun and a beautiful monkey companion.

Andi, present day

Keep the Produce Coming

Scott Roseberry March 27, 2017 Comments (0)

One of the things the primates at the PRC do not have to worry about is getting the nutrients they need from the produce they eat. With 50+ mouths to feed everyday, it is important to provide each of them with a balanced, healthy diet. The Primate Rescue Center is very fortunate to have three local Kroger stores in central Kentucky that help us restock and maintain our produce supply.

One of my responsibilities is picking up this produce donation. Each morning, I load the produce van up with empty bins used the day before. At each location, the produce employees are waiting for us with bins full of a variety of items from the produce section that are no longer suitable for display. On average, we receive up to 10 bins at each location, each holding 30 to 50 pounds of delicious produce!

After all of the produce has been picked up, it is brought back to the sanctuary to be sorted, organized, and stored. The primates love mealtime, and they really enjoy the variety of options and flavors presented to them each day. Depending on what items are donated, the carestaff can always think of some creative recipes to keep the primates intrigued during their meals. This week they got to enjoy delicious creations like “Hummus Beet Salad” and “Peppery Plantains.”   We are so thankful for the generosity of so many who help us fill the bellies of all the monkeys and apes at the PRC. Knowing these donations are used to keep our primates healthy and happy is the best part of my job.

A Million and One Ways to Help the PRC

Erika Fleury March 16, 2017 Comments (0)

There may not exactly be a million and one ways to help the PRC, but you may not realize just how many quick and easy ways there are to have your everyday actions and purchases benefit your favorite primate sanctuary.

Do you like to shop?

  • Link your existing Amazon account with AmazonSmile, select the Primate Rescue Center as your charity of choice, and 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to the PRC, at no additional cost to you. Don’t forget to send over a few treats from our Amazon Wish List, while you’re there! Click here to get started.
  • Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards and a percentage of your purchases will be given to PRC! To do this, click the link below and sign into your account. At the bottom of the page, click "enroll" and search for Primate Rescue Center (our number is 12145). Click here to get started.

Are you a couponer? Goodshop will find you deals online, and their Gumdrop program permits you to link your account with the PRC so we will earn a percentage of your purchases. Click here to get started.

Are you an eBay seller? eBay's Giving Works program allows sellers to select a percentage of the sale amount of their items to benefit the PRC. Click here to get started.

Do you like to attend games or concerts? Buy your tickets through GoodDeedSeats and each purchase sends $5 back to the PRC! *Note that this is a newer program, so if you have trouble finding us on GoodDeedSeats, wait a few days and try again! Click here to get started.

Do you like to exercise? Download the ResQWalk app and raise money for the PRC just by walking! Click here to get started.

Do you write a lot of checks? The Bradford Exchange’s Protect the Primates personal checks feature a variety of stunning apes and monkeys, and purchasing these checks will send a donation back to the PRC. Click here to get started.

Do you have an extra vehicle? Turn it into a tax-deductible donation benefiting the PRC. Click here to get started.

And finally, don’t forget that the easiest way to help the PRC’s 50+ monkeys and apes is to donate, plain and simple! We appreciate each and every way our supporters help us out and we look forward to sharing new partnerships with you as they develop.

Ain’t No Party Like a Primate Party!

Laura Clifford March 04, 2017 Comments (0)

If you follow us on Facebook you have probably noticed that we love throwing parties for our chimps! Any time someone has a birthday, or there is a special holiday to celebrate, we like to do it up big and throw an exciting party full of fun enrichment! For birthday parties we try to have themed parties based on the personality of the birthday boy or girl. Recently Martina had a jungle safari themed party with lots of giant stuffed animals, and Victoria had a tea and crumpets party complete with hot tea. It might seem silly to throw a birthday party for a chimpanzee, but we want to celebrate them any way we can, as often as we can!  Many of the chimps in our care come from truly heartbreaking backgrounds. They have had so much taken from them that we can never give back, so we want to make the rest of their lives as enjoyable as possible. Parties are a small way for us to add to that enjoyment, and hearing their excited screams and pant hoots when they walk into a party makes it all worthwhile

Of course, none of this would be possible without support from our generous donors and volunteers! Our party sponsors provide the funds to purchase supplies and toys for each party, and our volunteers help us decorate and make each party special. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a birthday or holiday party this year. If you would like to sponsor an upcoming party you can donate here, and specify in the comments section that you would like your donation to be used for a birthday/holiday party. Thank you for helping us celebrate our chimps, and for loving them as much as we do!

Fresh Volunteer Faces - February 2017

Melanie Parker February 15, 2017 Comments (0)

The PRC’s On-Site Volunteer Program plays a vital role in keeping our daily routine at the sanctuary running smoothly. On-site volunteers assist care staff with food preparation, enrichment, and cleaning. They also have the opportunity to observe primate behavior, interact with primates from a safe distance, and gain the satisfaction of knowing they are improving the lives of chimps and monkeys.

Our Off-Site Volunteers are also an important addition to our caregiving team.  Off-site volunteers create fun enrichment items from home for the primates to eat, smell, rip to shreds, or just generally enjoy. They also can become fund raisers for the PRC chimps and monkeys by hosting donation drives or special events to promote our sanctuary’s mission.

We’re happy to announce and welcome 8 new volunteers to the PRC’s On-Site Animal Care crew, one new volunteer to our Off-Site Volunteer program, and one on-site volunteer becomes an official Veteran Volunteer as well!

Renee Tevis is a resident of Richmond, KY and is interested in becoming a veterinary technician. She became an on-site volunteer in November 2016, and has worked a total of 25 hours volunteering on Tuesdays.

Liz Unkraut commutes each week from Hebron, KY and joined the on-site volunteer team in December 2016. Liz works with us each Sunday and hopes to someday become a zookeeper or sanctuary caregiver. Liz has volunteered a total of 52 hours since she began.

Mike Johnson became an on-site volunteer in December 2016, and joins us each Tuesday from Lexington, KY. Mike is a social media and website manager as well as a trail guide at Red River Gorge, and has volunteered 80 hours at the sanctuary.

Elissa Keicher is a registered nurse from Georgetown, KY and became an on-site volunteer in December 2016. She has a very smart red heeler dog, and a cat who knows lots of fun tricks. Elissa has volunteered a total of 72 hours at the PRC.

Susan Neale became an on-site volunteer with us in December 2016 and is a resident of Danville, KY. As a retiree from Tattersalls Horse Sales, Susan keeps very busy with many other volunteering jobs in the local area. Susan has worked 34 hours with us on Wednesday mornings each week.

Erin Markel is a student in Lexington, KY and began off-site volunteering with us in January 2017. Erin created a very beautiful collage for the chimps, with many perfume samples attached for them to enjoy.

Kathy MacGillivray, a resident of Lexington, became an on-site volunteer in January 2017. Kathy is a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, specializing in internal medicine for horses. Kathy has volunteered a total of 11 hours at the sanctuary.

Andrew Dunaway is a resident of Lexington, KY and became an on-site volunteer at the PRC in January 2017. Andrew works at the 21C Museum Hotel, Pet Wants, and is an Uber driver, but hopes to someday become a zookeeper and work with big cats. Andrew works with us on Wednesday afternoons, and has volunteered a total of 14 hours.

Jennifer Cockerell joined the on-site volunteer program in January 2017, and is a resident of Lexington, KY. Jennifer has a beautiful part husky dog named Neville, and she works in human resources for Exceptional Living Centers. Jennifer joins us each Sunday and has volunteered a total of 18 hours.

We are so thankful to all of our volunteers for the many hours they dedicate to helping us care for the primates who call the PRC home, and we are glad that Renee, Liz, Mike, Elissa, Susan, Erin, Kathy, Andrew, and Jennifer have become a part of this amazing team.

We also would like to announce that On-Site Volunteer Michelle Meeker, who joined the team in January 2016, is officially a Veteran Volunteer after 1-year of consistent volunteering at the sanctuary.  Michelle is currently an Animal Studies major at EKU. Monkeys have always been one of her favorite type of animal, and when she learned about the PRC she immediately knew she wanted to be a part of our organization. We are so thankful for Michelle’s dedication to caring for the PRC primates, and we value her strong work ethic and friendly personality. Thanks Michelle!

For more information on becoming a PRC volunteer, visit our Volunteer Webpage and check out the many options within our volunteer program. We are currently accepting applications for all types of volunteers, and encourage you to consider getting involved today in this rewarding opportunity.

Snuggle Up with Fleece

Tori Himes January 29, 2017 Comments (0)

With winter finally here in Kentucky, our monkey residents especially love their soft and snuggly blankets. Fresh and clean blankets are passed out daily for monkeys to use as bedding, soft seats, or something to cuddle. Even though their indoor enclosures are heated, we will still pass out extra blankets for those really cold Kentucky winter nights to make sure everyone stays warm and toasty.

Due to constant washing and some general wear and tear, we are always in need of blanket donations. Fleece is the best material for monkey blankets, as it is durable yet soft and warm. Plus, the monkeys love all the bright and colorful pattern options. Our Amazon Wish list has some options, or check out your local fabric store!

We would like to thank Theo Capaldo of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) for donating a generous batch of NEAVS logo blankets for all the monkeys to enjoy!

Chester - spider monkey
Chester loves exploring new and interesting scents. Just a few drops of natural lavender essential oil gives his blankets an exciting yet relaxing smell and encourages scent exploration!

Rainey – rhesus macaque
Rainey enjoys getting her hands on what ever she can! She loves to tug and rip her blankets into smaller pieces. She also uses her blankets to “fish” for food items that have fallen just out of reach.

Peanut – capuchin
Peanut enjoys collecting as many blankets as she can. A bundle of blankets makes a warm spot to snuggle into! Any room for Grady in there with you Peanut?

Your Gift Really Matters

Becca Banks December 23, 2016 Comments (0)

The holiday season is truly inspiring. It fosters love and laughter and brings people together. For the Primate Rescue Center, it’s also the time of year that we strive to meet our year-end donation goal. With so many ways to give this holiday season, we wanted to remind everyone of all the exciting donation opportunities available:

Good Giving Challenge
Across the bluegrass state, community organizations are raising funds in this year’s Good Giving Challenge. This online campaign – organized by the Bluegrass Community Foundation - promotes charitable giving to a select group of organizations based in Kentucky. Please note, this campaign is open to donors worldwide, not just within Kentucky. In order to participate, just click HERE to access our Razoo donation page. While you’re there, check out some of our best images of the primates!

Amazon: Wish List and Smile Program
Online Christmas shopping has become increasingly popular over the years. If you happen to be an Amazon shopper, there are two simple ways to support the Primate Rescue Center. We maintain an Amazon Wish List containing items as inexpensive as $3.00 that can be tacked onto your existing order. Wish List items include toys, enrichment, snacks and stuffed animals. If you’re looking for something to get your order to the minimum amount required for free shipping, our Wish List is sure to do the trick! In addition, Amazon Smile is a program that allows a portion of your purchase to be donated to the PRC – at no extra cost to you! Just click HERE, select Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY as your supporting organization and shop away!

iGive is a browser add-on that generates a donation to the Primate Rescue Center each time you shop online – at no cost to you! Simply download iGive on your computer, smart phone or tablet and look for the orange dandelion button anytime you shop online! You can iGive with most major companies, such as Target, WalMart, Kohl’s, Macy’s and many, many more!  Click HERE to get started.

Bluegrass Hospitality Group Rewards
We are so lucky to be partnering with Bluegrass Community Rewards Program this holiday season. If you purchase a gift card – good at any of the restaurants listed in the image above - the PRC will receive a donation for 20% of the purchase! Simply visit THIS LINK and select our organization to benefit.

Primate Rescue Center’s Website
For a quick and easy way to donate, click HERE to visit our webpage donation form. This form allows you to donate any amount and is securely processed through GIVEDIRECT. It even gives you the option to have your employer match your donation! There are hundreds of employers on our drop-down list willing to match your contribution, a few of them include Toyota, PNC, CarMax, Cardinal Health and even Caterpillar! If there’s a particular primate you’d like your donation to sponsor, write their name in the notes section and we will get a special Christmas gift for them! While you’re there, check out the PRC’s vehicle donation program – we can take cars, vans, boats, motorcycles, golf carts, and RVs. This is a free and easy way to turn a spare vehicle into a donation that supports primates!

Keep in mind that all donations are tax-deductible and the full amount goes directly towards the care of the animals. Without the generosity of our wonderful supporters, we wouldn’t be able to rescue and rehabilitate primates in need, like Andi, a rhesus macaque found roaming a residential area in Bath County, Kentucky.

Formerly known as “Mystery Monkey 0805355,” Andi was quite the media darling when he was first rescued. The number sequence above is tattooed on his chest and reveals a history in laboratory research. When Andi first arrived at the PRC, he was dangerously thin. Thanks to our rehabilitation process, Andi quickly gained weight, grew healthier and happier and is now living with a female macaque. Andi now has the chance to explore the pleasures of monkey life – most likely, for the first time.

Your support and generosity makes our work possible and we couldn’t be more grateful. Please consider making a year-end donation in support of the 50+ primates that call the PRC home. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Merry Chimpmas!

Laura Clifford December 13, 2016 Comments (0)

If you follow the Primate Rescue Center on social media, you probably know that every year around Christmas we like to put together a “Chimpmas list” for the chimps! This year the chimps thought long and hard about what they would like, and then compiled a list of their favorite snacks and toys to brighten up their holiday season!  We shared each Chimpmas wish on our Facebook page, but in case you missed it, here is the complete list!

Donald: Mixed Nuts - Donald is a master forager! He loves to scavenge for hidden treats in the tall grasses of the outdoor enclosure. Mixed nuts are an absolute favorite of his, and they would surely entice him to spend the entire day foraging with glee! You can find Donald’s gift here.

Zulu: Essential oil diffuser - Zulu enjoys spending the cold winter days inside. She would really enjoy the comforting aroma of essential oils to keep her calm and relaxed, and to put her in the mood for a long winter's nap! You can find Zulu’s gift here.

Victoria: Bamboo wind chime - The peaceful sound of a bamboo wind chime would make Victoria fill with holiday cheer! Victoria's curious and graceful personality calls for a distinguished and complex gift. She will surely enjoy not only listening to the delicate chime, but also examining the instrument to detect how the beautiful sound is made!  You can find Victoria’s gift here.

Martina: Giant stuffed animal - For Donald's birthday party, the chimps were given a large stuffed monkey. Although everyone took turns playing, Martina was absolutely in love with it! She spent hours snuggling and cuddling with the stuffed monkey. This gift will fill her with holiday joy! You can find Martina’s gift here.

Ike: Coconuts - If there is anything that Ike likes more than playing with the other boys, it is cracking open a fresh coconut! He uses his arm strength to throw the coconuts so high into the air that when they land back on the ground they immediately crack open! These tasty coconuts are sure to make Ike very merry! You can find Ike’s gift here.

Noelle: Rain boots - Noelle is a true fashionista! She often asks her caregivers to show her their shoes, and if given shoes for enrichment, she will carry them around for days. These rain boots are guaranteed to make it a happy holiday for Noelle! You can find Noelle’s gift here.

Jenny: Frisbees – Jenny loves to play with Frisbees! She balances them between her lips, and flips them up to cover her face when she is feeling particularly silly. Most of her favorites have gotten pretty worn down, so a new, fabulous Frisbee is just the key to a jolly Jenny! You can find Jenny’s gift here.

Rodney: Fire truck toy - Rodney likes to examine different textures and colors, so this toy fire truck is right up his alley! Since this will surely be a coveted toy amongst the chimps, Rodney will have to find a way to ho-ho-hold onto this cool gift! You can find Rodney’s gift here.

Cory: Tambourine - Cory is a drummer at heart and knocks against various parts of his enclosure to make cool beats. This neat tambourine will be the perfect gift for the young percussionist to practice his skills! You can find Cory’s gift here.

And there you have it – Chimpmas list 2016!

As you are shopping for everyone on your list, don’t forget that adopting a primate through our Primate Pals program is a great gift idea! Each adoption package includes a photo and certificate, as well as a family membership and periodic updates about your new pal! You can pick out a Primate Pal here, and make a one-time payment of $150 for the year, or pay in monthly installments.


Merry Chimpmas, from all of us at the PRC!

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