Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its "Baby Blankets for Primates" drive, for its Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. The organization hopes to collect as many baby blankets as possible for its 630 residents -- 22 baboons, three vervets, and more than 600 macaques representing seven different species – by the end of this year. The blankets serve multiple purposes for the primates, providing warmth, comfort, and enrichment.
According to Tim Ajax, Director of the Sanctuary, "Blankets can provide comfort to some of the residents who once suffered from the exotic pet trade. Just like a security blanket for a human, some non-human primates can feel that same sense of security from carrying around something soft, especially youngsters who have been denied the constant contact they would normally get from their mothers in the wild. Other primates here will use them to play with – throw around, pull, and tug. Some of our residents came from brutal situations and were denied their right to be in the wild. We give them an expansive outdoor, forever home with the care and freedom they require as wild animals. If a blanket can give them pleasure, we want to make sure we can provide one for them. We thank our supporters in advance for any help they can give us!"
Blankets can be sent to: The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, PO Box 25, Dilley, Texas, 78017. For the safety of the primates, blankets should be completely intact (no loose threads) and fleece is preferred. New, as well as used, laundered blankets are welcome.
In order to allow the residents the maximum amount of privacy and freedom, with minimal human interference, the Sanctuary is not open to the public. However, the public can support the work of the Sanctuary by sending a baby blanket; making a financial donation; purchasing an item from the Sanctuary's online wish list; or by "adopting" one of its residents. The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
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