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Primate Rescue Center


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Mission Statement
To alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs.

We accomplish this by:
  • Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities
  • Working to end the trade in primates both in the US and abroad
  • Educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle
  • Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primates
  • Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and animal welfare statutes
History
The Primate Rescue Center has roots reaching back to September 1987, when Clay Miller answered an ad which appeared in USA Today and unwittingly purchased Gizmo—a young crab-eating macaque (macaca fascicularis)—from an animal dealer in Cincinnati. He brought Gizmo home and presented him to April Truitt, his future wife—thinking he would be a delightful addition to their multi-animal household.

They searched the available literature for information on caring for this fast-growing bundle of energy, and discovered that what would benefit young Gizmo most was the company of another monkey. A search in their local area of Kentucky turned up JoJo, an older monkey of uncertain heritage who had outgrown his cage (and his welcome) and needed a new home.

As they sought out other monkey owners to share information with, they came across increasing numbers of monkeys, formerly beloved pets, who were now unwanted as they grew older, stronger and more unpredictable. A few more cages were built, and they began buying monkey chow in bulk. Soon there was a call from a research laboratory wanting to retire a few animals, then a national humane organization who had two confiscated monkeys to place, then an owner who had been badly injured…. “It seems as though one day there were five monkeys to feed, and the next day there were fifty!”, explains Truitt. “It’s so hard to say ‘No’ when there are few alternatives for these animals.”

From these humble beginnings, the Primate Rescue Center has evolved into a nationally respected sanctuary housing 50+ primates, including 11 chimpanzees. Their work has been featured in the award-winning book, Animal Underworld, by journalist Alan Green and the Center for Public Integrity, in the magazine Animal’s Agenda (now Animals and Society Institute), on televison and in newspapers nationwide. Supported solely by tax-deductible donations, the Primate Rescue Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is licensed and inspected by the USDA.
Help Make a Difference

Primate Rescue Center, Inc.
2515 Bethel Road
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356
United States

Contact: April D. Truitt, Executive Director
Tel: 859-858-4866
Fax: 859-858-0044
E-Mail: admin101@primaterescue.org
Website: www.primaterescue.org
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