Located on 186 acres near San Antonio, Texas, the Primate Sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home with high quality lifetime care for more than 600 non-human primates, many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in research facilities, roadside zoos, or private possession. The Primate Sanctuary is a project of Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation’s sister organisation based in the USA.
With support from Born Free Foundation, the Primate Sanctuary enables macaques, vervets, and baboons to meet — some for the very first time — their wide range of innate physical, social, and psychological needs. Animals who once suffered now know peace, and experience freedoms they never had — the freedom to roam in an extensive natural environment, choice of food, to spend time in the company of others of their kind, and to be themselves instead of pets, test subjects, or curiosities. Learn more about the residents of the Primate Sanctuary.
The sanctuary recognises the importance of social companionship, group living, space and an enriching environment to meet as best we can the physiological, social, behavioral, and psychological needs of our residents. It aims to provide a lifelong, high standard of care without being needlessly intrusive. The Primate Sanctuary is unique in the quality of life that the majority of residents experience, living in free-ranging groups in natural enclosures of several acres.
In order to allow the residents the maximum amount of privacy and minimal human interference, the sanctuary is not open to the public.