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Located on 186 acres near San Antonio, Texas, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary provides refuge for more than 600 nonhuman primates, many of whom were rescued from exploitation in the "pet" trade, in roadside zoos or in research.

The sanctuary is a division of Born Free USA. Born Free USA has assisted media outlets across the country and around the world, and welcomes your inquiry. If you would like to interview one of our experts about the sanctuary, or about the use of nonhuman primates in entertainment, research or as "pets," or if you need facts, figures, background or anything else for your story, we are here to assist you!

For more information or to request a site visit, contact our media representative at publicrelations@bornfreeusa.org.

Born Free USA Celebrates Senate Committee Passage of Captive Primate Safety Act, which Prohibits Interstate Commerce of Primates as Pets

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for again passing the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463). The bill prohibits interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates for the exotic pet trade.

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Swinging for Spring!

Washington, D.C. -- Tamae, a 12-year-old Japanese Macaque living at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, was spotted swinging on the first day of spring at her favorite spot on the 186-acre facility, which provides a permanent home for 630 residents—many of whom were rescued from roadside zoos, research facilities, or private possession. The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/C_7g2cbJ4v4.

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Two Pennsylvania "Pet" Monkeys Rescued from Inhumane Conditions Arrive at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas

Washington, D.C. -- After a Japanese macaque and a vervet monkey were rescued from deplorable conditions as someone's "pets" at a home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary welcomed the two female primates this week, providing them with a forever home at the 186-acre facility in Dilley, Texas.

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Rock Legends REO Speedwagon Support Born Free USA

Washington, D.C. -- Rock legends REO Speedwagon hosted a guitar giveaway to support Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, at their concert yesterday, December 15, at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The event raised about $3,000 for the organization, which will be used to care for the animals at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas.

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Born Free USA Endorses Humane Care for Primates Act

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, home to 630 primates, would welcome primates from overseas who need lifetime care

Washington, D.C. -– Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds U.S. Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for introducing the Humane Care for Primates Act late yesterday, and urges the bill’s swift passage. The narrowly-crafted humane legislation seeks to correct an oversight in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations governing the importation of nonhuman primates (NHPs), which currently prevent certified sanctuaries from saving animals at risk.

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Baby Blankets for Primates

Washington, D.C. -- 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.

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Nine Baboons from Laboratory Find Freedom at The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas

Washington, D.C. — Nine female baboons, ages 13 to 23, arrived at The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas on Tuesday, September 17, after being retired from a laboratory research program, it was announced by Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA and Tim Ajax, Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The sanctuary is currently home to 13 baboons, 4 vervets and more than 600 macaques representing seven different species.

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Emmy Award Winning Reporter Mark S. Allen of “Good Day Sacramento” Named Host of Born Free USA Fundraiser

Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced that award-winning television news reporter and anchor Mark S. Allen will host "Born to Ride for Wildlife," a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento, CA (2421 17th St.), which will feature a raffle of a 2013 Harley Davidson Iron 883 Sportster valued at over $8,000.

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